WhatsApp seems to have been shut down midst protests

The hashtags #ShutDownZim, #ShutDownZimbabwe2016 are being used on Twitter by the citizens to create a social media presence for the protests.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, file.

Various media outlets are claiming that WhatsApp could be down in Zimbabwe.

Reports from different parts of the country say instant messages via WhatsApp are not being delivered. It seems the issue is not just a service issue as the outage stretches across all the mobile networks in the country including EconetZimbabwe, TelOne, Telecel,  and NetOne.

According to Innovation Village, WhatsApp is most frequently used messaging service in Zimbabwe, and the disruption in service could be linked to the protests going on in the country. The hashtags #ShutDownZim, #ShutDownZimbabwe2016 are being used on Twitter by the citizens to create a social media presence for the protests.

As part of the ongoing protests, a work boycott has been put in place in the country and people have been advised to stay as part of the protest.

Other social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Messenger, however, do not seem to have been affected. Pulse tech will update as the situation unfolds.

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