Internet shutdowns happen when governments order companies to cut off access to communications tools — like Twitter, SMS, or Facebook. Unfortunately, companies often comply with these government orders, even when they happen during elections.
Internet shutdowns pose a threat to human rights around the world. They harm everyone:businesses, emergency services, journalism, human rights defenders, and demonstrators. They don’t help victims or restore order. Even worse, they’re increasing — in 2015 alone we recorded more than 15 shutdowns worldwide.
That’s why we’ve joined forces with Access Now and 70+ other organisations around the world in the #KeepItOn campaign.