Popular microblogging platform, Twitter, has suspended some of its functions in Ethiopia over threats of physical harm. Twitter announced that it had temporarily disabled the trends section in the war-torn country and was now monitoring the situation.
“Inciting violence or dehumanizing people is against our rules… Given the imminent threat of physical harm, we’ve also temporarily disabled Trends in Ethiopia,” it said.
We’re monitoring the situation in Ethiopia and are focused on protecting the safety of the conversation on Twitter. Inciting violence or dehumanizing people is against our rules.
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— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 6, 2021
The Ethiopian government on Thursday declared a six-month state of emergency in the country, with an aim of protecting the citizens against rebels of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (PNLF) who are advancing upon the capital.
This comes just days after Meta (Facebook), confirmed that it removed a post by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister for inciting violence. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed posted on the social media platform on Sunday, urging citizens to take up arms and “bury” the rival forced allied to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
“The obligation to die for Ethiopia belongs to all of us,” Abiy said in the now-deleted post that called on citizens to mobilize “by holding any weapon or capacity.”
According to a spokesperson from Meta, the post was removed as soon as they were alerted.
“At Meta, we remove content from individuals or organizations that violate our Community Standards, no matter who they are.”