Facebook has published, in its latest Semiannual Transparency Report, the data corresponding to cuts in its service caused by requests from the governments of some countries around the world. In total, during the first six months of the year, a total of 17 nations have at some time prevented their citizens from connecting to the social network.
According to the data that Facebook has made public, Chad is the country in the world in which citizens encountered more problems to access the social network normally. In fact, in this country there was only one cut, but it lasted 25 weeks and 6 days. In other words, users have not been able to connect to the social network during the first quarter of the year.
More than two months in total (8 weeks, 2 days and 22 hours) the citizens of India have been unable to access Facebook. In the country, there have been a total of 40 temporary access cuts to Facebook, with different duration, and together they all result in the aforementioned figure.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo they have been virtually unable to access Facebook for a month and a half (5 weeks, 3 days and 18 hours), divided into 7 different temporary interruptions.
These are the three countries in which access to Facebook has been cut longer during the first six months of the year 2019, but in total there have been 17 nations that have seen how at some point in the semester access to the social network. The countries that Facebook mentions in the report are, in addition to those already explained, Algeria, Benin, Ethiopia, Gabon, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Mauritania, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan and Zimbabwe.
In some of these countries, as is the case in Sudan , Zimbabwe and Myanmar, access to Facebook was cut during the development of popular revolts to protest against government actions.
Finally, it is curious, for example, that the report does not point to China as a country in which users have had problems accessing Facebook. This is because the social network is totally censored – it is not that there have been specific cuts in access – since 2009. A similar situation occurs in North Korea, for example.
In some parts of Europe, Spain to be persize there has been no cut in access to Facebook, although the number of requests for information about users by the government has registered a significant increase of 33.7% in this period.