The social network Telegram has been available in Cuba since this Saturday, to the joy of thousands of users who spent three days without access to the application, one of the most popular on the island, reported EFE.
As EFE was able to verify, it is possible to connect to the messaging service without the need for external proxies or VPNs, alternatives used by Cubans to access the app. that he discarded in his official Twitter account that it was a technical failure of yours.
Telegram’s return to Cuban mobiles coincides with a Twitter campaign under the hashtags #DesbloqueaTelegram and #NiMeCallasNiMeCallo directed at ETECSA, the only Internet provider in Cuba, from which they are also demanding a price reduction.
Cuban users point to the state company as responsible for the “censorship” of the social network, after Telegram published a first message assuring that everything was working well on their part.
“Our users in Cuba are reporting connection problems that prevent them from using our app normally. We are monitoring the situation but the problem is not ours. We hope that the provider responsible for this problem can provide a solution as soon as possible,” said the company on Twitter last Thursday.
At the moment ETECSA has not issued any communication in this regard, although on Wednesday reported that he had received “reports of some users with difficulties in accessing the Internet by mobile data” without explicitly mentioning the Russian messaging platform.
Cuban tweeters began to raise the alert of the service’s downfall since Wednesday, hoping it was a momentary problem. Almost immediately, many netizens shared proxy links that made it accessible again.
A day later, reports emerged that several of the VPNs they used to connect to the app also stopped working.
Telegram, considered one of the safest networks in the world, is also one of the applications most used by Cubans, who use it not only to communicate, but also to download audiovisuals and books that in many cases are not available on the Island.
With the coronavirus pandemic, it has served as an ecosystem for groups and channels of barter, sale and information on the supply of products, as an alternative to alleviate the shortage on the island.
The main institutions, companies and media of the Cuban State also have a presence on this network, which is why some Internet users considered the theory of an official censorship of the application to be contradictory.
There is no data available on the exact number of people who use Telegram in Cuba, but they are thousands according to the number of users registered in channels related to the island: the Cuban Ministry of Health has more than 152,000 subscribers, the web state Cubadebate, with 31,736 and one called “Buying and selling in Cuba”, with 109,000.
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