Ethiopia has started to build its own social media app
African country Ethiopia has started developing similar domestic platforms to compete with social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp
Ethiopia's government communication security agency has said that social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp have Domestic platforms that are being developed to counter this. However, international websites will not be banned. The war in Ethiopia has been going on for almost a year now. Violent clashes are going on between the local Tigre People's Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels and the government. The TPLF has gained control of the Tigre in the north of the country and is moving towards other areas. In this violent conflict, supporters of both sides have made full use of social media for their own propaganda. The government wants its domestic platforms to replace international websites like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Zoom.
Shumate Giza, director-general of the Information Network Security Agency (INSA), says that Facebook had deleted posts and accounts that used, to tell the truth about Ethiopia. Shumate did not give any information about how much the budget would be for these schemes and by when these websites would be ready. But he definitely said that the country has the technical capability to create such a platform and no foreigner will be hired. He said, "The reason for developing technology from local capacity is clear. Why do you think China uses WeChat?" International human rights organizations have criticized the Ethiopian government for measures such as shutting down social media. Facebook and WhatsApp have been shut down several times in the past year, about which the government has not commented.
Ethiopia is a country with a population of 115 million, has about 6 million Facebook subscribers. But before the general election in June this year, Facebook said it had shut down a network of fake accounts operating in Ethiopia. The American social media company said that these fake accounts linked to people belonging to the Information Network Security Agency were targeting domestic customers. WeChat is a Chinese app developed by local company Tencent Holdings in many countries. This app is widely used in the country.