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Access to social networks restricted in Kazakhstan

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The social networks and messengers Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Telegram are inaccessible in Kazakhstan on Thursday, according to the results of the technical monitoring by the international non-governmental organization NetBlocks, Interfax reports.

Internet providers have blocked access to major social networks and a number of news websites, NetBlocks said.

"Twitter and the WhatsApp messaging service remain generally available, and Telegram includes censorship countermeasures that allow the mobile and desktop versions of the app to remain connected," it said.

Additionally, access to the websites of a number of media, rus.azattyq.org, exclusive.kz, vlast.kz, holanews.kz, has been blocked in Kazakhstan since Thursday morning. The blocking of the websites of several local media, including Ak Zhayyk and the Ural Week, was also reported.

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