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Ethiopia Blocks Popular Social Media Sites in Response to Embarrassing Exam Leak

It’s the first time Ethiopian government officials have made sites inaccessible as part of a nationwide measure.

In an attempt to save face after pictures of an end-of-year university exam were leaked on social media, Ethiopian officials have blocked Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Viber.


The popular sites and apps have been disabled since Saturday morning as an estimated 254,000 students, according to the Ministry of Education, prepared to take their exams, which were postponed until Monday after an advocate group for Oromo people’s rights claimed responsibility for circulating the images in May, reports AlJazeera.

"It's blocked. It's a temporary measure until Wednesday. Social media have proven to be a distraction for students," Getachew Reda, a government spokesperson, tells AFP news agency.

Possibly taking a hint from China, notorious for internet censorship, Ethiopia is one of the first African countries that have blocked access to the worldwide web. In 2012, the Ethiopian barred Skype, claiming VoIP (voice internet protocol) calls were being used to commit fraud, according to BBC News.

However, this is the first time Ethiopia has barred access as part of a nationwide measure.

The decision has sparked outrage with Horn Affairs founder Daniel Berhane criticizing the government’s censorship for establishing a “dangerous precedent,” according to AlJazeera.

"There's no transparency on who decides why it's necessary or who decides for how long," Berhane says. “This time it's for a few days, but next time it could be for months. They're flexing their muscles. They got multiple tools and they're testing them."

All of this comes as the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution last week deeming internet censorship a human rights violation.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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