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Official government justifications for internet shutdowns worldwide 2019

Fake news and hate speech was the most common official justification used by governments for internet shutdowns in 2019, followed by precautionary measures in second place. Public safety was ranked third. However, official justifications for shutdowns rarely match the actual causes, which frequently include political instability and protests.

Common official justifications used by governments that ordered internet shutdowns worldwide in 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period


Number of respondents

213 shutdowns

Special properties

multiple answers were possible

Supplementary notes

According to the source: "In 2019 we documented at least 213 incidents of internet shutdowns around the world."

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