According to NetBlocks, multiple internet providers in Zambia have been throttling  WhatsApp on Thursday, August 12, as the country heads to the polls for the presidential and parliamentary elections.

“Measurements indicate that WhatsApp frontend and backend servers have become unavailable from Thursday afternoon. The restrictions are likely to limit the free flow of information online presenting a challenge to election transparency as polls are held.”

The restrictions on WhatsApp identified by Netblocks are on Zambian operators Zamtel (state-controlled), Airtel Zambia, Liquid Telecom, and MTN.

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