Social media said on Saturday that Twitter temporarily disabled the trending feature in Ethiopia to ensure that the platform cannot be used to incite violence in this conflict-torn country.
On Thursday, the Ethiopian Parliament declared a six-month state of emergency to protect the people from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (PNLF) rebels, who are advancing towards the capital.
“We are monitoring the situation in Ethiopia and focusing on protecting the security of the conversation on Twitter. Inciting violence or dehumanizing people is against our rules,” Twitter said, adding that it temporarily disabled trends in the country to “reduce risk “Coordination that may incite violence or cause harm. “
Since the central government accused PNLF of attacking military bases and launched a counterattack in Tigray last October, northern Ethiopia has been swallowed by internal conflicts. Neighboring Eritrea supports the Ethiopian authorities, although it said in the spring of 2021 that it will withdraw its troops from Tigray.
In June, the rebels captured Meckler, the administrative center of Tigray, and the government declared an unconditional ceasefire. However, the insurgents later stated that they were launching a new offensive. They controlled a part of Tigray and entered the Amhara region, one step closer to the capital Addis Ababa.
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