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Sudan looking into ways to control Facebook and Whatsapp

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May 27, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) is conducting technical studies on social networking sites, particularly Facebook and Whatsapp, in a bid to find ways to control their use in the country.

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NTC has complained in the past that these sites are creating negative as a result of indecent material on it that runs against the customs and traditions of the Sudanese society.

But many observers believe that this is an attempt to prevent leak of information on government corruption relating to senior figures.

The minister of communications in a report submitted to parliament last week acknowledged the difficulty of controlling Whatsapp and the security and political problems caused by social networking sites.

There has been reports that the Ministry of Culture and Information in Khartoum state is seeking to block both sites through the use of sophisticated equipments. But the ministry denied any role in blocking internet sites.

Mustafa Abdul-Hafeez, the director of technical management at the NTC, told government-sponsored Sudan Media Center (SMC) website that they are monitoring all material circulated on social networking sites.

He called for optimising the use of technology for the benefit of the citizen and said that many countries are suffering from materials circulating on these sites.

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  • 28 May 06:52, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All.
    It is very stupid idea to block the Facebook and whatSaP the poor government alway thinking of the negative ideas, which will increas the cricess. if they government had done no curupption in the country nothing could be written about them on socail media,but because they know they commit, they need to block it, you the government were the root cost.

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  • 28 May 08:01, by Observer

    Only those who are frightened of the truth about what is happening in our country would want to block these sites.
    If you have nothing to hide then you would have nothing to fear.
    I guess that the Amnesty International Facebook campaign with almost a million views and likes regarding the Sudanese mother to death for apostasy has prompted this latest outrage by our Government

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