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Azerbaijan: Facebook inaccessible via Bakcell

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Protest, Technology

Mobile subscribers in Baku, Azerbaijan, report on Twitter that Facebook is inaccessible from Bakcell [1], one of three cellular operators in the country, for the coming week ahead of protests planned for 11-12 March. Government supporters deny this [2], although Bakcell's Customer Service confirmed the news via telephone to Global Voices as well as others [3]. Citing technical problems as the reason for the outage which appear only to affect Facebook, the popular social networking site can still reportedly be accessed by Bakcell subscribers using Opera Mini [4] which uses its own proxies to deliver content [5] to speed up browsing.