Cuban government unblocks Telegram due to user complaints

Cuban government unblocks Telegram due to user complaints
Cuban government unblocks Telegram due to user complaints

Telegram works in Cuba again (Photo: Flickr)

The Telegram service is back in Cuba again after the Cuban government will block it through ETECSA causing strong complaints from the user population of this application.

Through an institutional statement from Cubacel, the authorities tried to make residents believe that there were problems accessing the Internet through mobile data, however, Telegram issued a message stating that the problem was not on their part.

“Our users in Cuba are reporting connection problems that prevent them from using our app normally. We are monitoring the situation, but the problem is not ours, ”the company said on its Twitter account in Spanish.

In the course of noon this Saturday, users began to report on said social network that the application was working again but it was not necessary to trust and continue looking for new means of communication before the government’s censorship strategy.

“It has just started to work, but be careful that this blocking-unblocking was done to my Generación blog and to mislead … Notice to friends to try,” said independent journalist Yoani Sánchez.

Telegram is a very popular application among Cubans on the island because its functions allow making audio or video calls, sharing documents, conversations, and immediate downloads on different devices.

In an interview with Radio Television Martí, the trade unionist Iván Hernández Carillo, a native of Matanzas, commented that he uses this app to communicate with his contacts because of the security he has against the espionage of the regime, which is detected on platforms such as Messenger and WhatsApp.

Lázaro Yuri Valle, an audiovisual producer living in Havana, commented that Telegram helps him to receive notifications about the arrival of food and other products to underserved stores in the Cuban capital.

Valle also said he frequently uses the Signal app to circumvent government censorship.

Leandro Rodríguez, a resident of Villa Clara province, explained to said media that many people resorted to VPNs due to the cancellation of Telegram, however, the Cuban government also blocked these networks.

Between this Saturday and Friday, Cuban Internet users denounced that authorities blocked VPNs, which are used to access content from independent media and other platforms.

Users reported a crash on Betternet, Psiphon, Windscribe, Ultimate VPN, and Orbot, accusing the government was practicing for a computer blackout in case of social protests.

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