Twitter disables Trends in Ethiopia citing safety and security reasons

Micro-blogging social media platform, Twitter announced on Saturday that they were disabling trends for Ethiopia amid spreading insecurity in the country.

The move is to combat the incidence of content that could potentially incite violence or cause harm.

“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.

“Given the imminent threat of physical harm, we’ve also temporarily disabled Trends in Ethiopia. Alongside continued efforts to disrupt platform manipulation, we hope this measure will reduce the risks of coordination that could incite violence or cause harm,” Twitter safety said in a statement.

They also provided a link to a webpage via which people can report posts that go against platform rules.

Ethiopia this week saw a post by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed removed because it breached Facebook rules. Twitter refused to remove the said content.

Rebels are threatening an advance towards the capital with a leg of the fight being actively fought on social media where pro and anti-government activists are engaged in hostilities.



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