A new to add over the censoring the social media access, Tajikistan blocked local access to Facebook and two of the Russian-language sites that published an article which seems to be critical of its long-serving president. The shutdown was ordered by the state-run communications service.
“This morning, we carried out the instruction of the communications service and blocked the sites facebook.com, tjknews.com and zvezda.ru,” said one of the providers. “We could not refuse to carry out this instruction.”
Adding further, users who tried to access Facebook or the two Russian websites, which will published a story which is critical of President Imomali Rakhmon, were automatically re-directed to the homepage of their provider.
Facebook has seen an almost double increase in its membership number last year to 26,000 people. There are many of the groups on social networking giant which openly discusses politics and some users even have been critical to the authorities.