Social media and websites are blocked in Algeria

According to NetBlocks report, social media platforms were blocked in Algeria on 16 June to counter cheating during national baccalaureate school exams. Among the blocked social media platforms were Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tinder, Russian social networks VKontakte, and Odnoklassniki, as well as servers for messaging apps WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype, Viber, and Line. Additionally, two independent news websites, Tout Sur l’Algérie and Algérie Part, were reported to be inaccessible since 12 June. The websites were allegedly blocked because they covered the anti-government protests that erupted when then President Abdelaziz Bouteflika declared he would run for a fifth term in office.