Internet shutdowns aren’t just Africa’s problem. They’re happening worldwide

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Hong Kong( CNN) When Hong Kong police fired tear gas at peaceful pro-democracy protesters in 2014, the news moved swiftly through social media. Photos and videos of mostly student demonstrators being gassed helped ga the outrage that ultimately drove hundreds of thousands of people into the streets.

When mass protests broke out in Harare and other cities this week, authorities in Zimbabwe had no intention of letting the same thing happen: they promptly cut access to social media, including WhatsApp and other messaging services.

It came two weeks after the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo( DRC) ordered a full internet blackout amid an alleged attempt to hijack election results.

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