Ethiopia is setting up its own social media platform, the country’s Information Network Security Agency announced today. According to the agency, the country’s social media network forum does not hinder international communication.
According to the plan, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Zoom will be replaced by are; Indigenous media. The agency’s director general, Shumete Gizaw, was quoted as saying by Reuters. “Facebook is removing posts and page owners that provide accurate information about Ethiopia,” he said, accusing the agency’s director general.
Asked about Ethiopia’s new plan and the allegations against Facebook, the spokesman for Facebook declined to comment immediately. But just a few days before the Ethiopian general election last June, Facebook announced that it had removed pages of suspected and fraudulent information linked to the country’s telecommunications and internet security agency.
The Director General of the Agency, Shumete Gizaw, declined to comment on the timing or source of funding for Ethiopia’s enrichment of the technology. But he said work is being done to enrich the technology with local professionals. Human rights groups have accused the Ethiopian government of unjustifiably shutting down social media sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp, in the past year. The government did not respond immediately to the allegations.