The Association of Bloggers in Guinea (Ablogui), along with web activists, has launched a digital campaign urging Guinean authorities to lift the restrictions on access to social media. Since November 24, 2023, authorities have blocked access to social media platforms, requiring users to resort to VPN systems. Through the #RightToInternet campaign, the association denounces a measure impacting all citizens, implemented without official explanation, with far-reaching consequences.
Mamadou Hady Baldé, a project manager at Ablogui, highlights the multifaceted implications of the social media restrictions: “Social media platforms are primarily used for communication, expression, and information sharing. On the flip side, there are consequences related to personal data because we are all compelled to use VPNs to access these networks, putting our data at even greater risk.”
Swift lifting of restrictions essential
“There are, undoubtedly, economic consequences,” continues Mamadou Hady Baldé, “even if we haven’t quantified them yet. Many entrepreneurs today operate online, leveraging social media to drive their businesses. However, I believe that all these young people, all these citizens, are experiencing significant economic consequences. That’s why we strongly urge the government and authorities to immediately lift these restrictions.”