Cuba Restricts Internet after Recent Mass Protests

Cuba introduced its first cybersecurity law restricting internet and social media usage, weeks after mass anti-government protests took place.

The new cybersecurity laws categorize online content that defames “the constitutional, social and economic” rules of Cuba and incites acts “that alter public order” as “cyberterrorism.”

A spike in social media engagement partly fed one of Cuba’s largest protests that broke out on Jul. 11 where hundreds of dissidents were injured and arrested. The government cut off the island’s internet access for days after the protests.

Havana initially accused social media and foreign powers for creating unrest.

Some of the main drivers of the dissent were Cuba’s economic crisis and the government’s handling of the pandemic, along with domestic issues.

The crackdowns prompted U.S. President Joe Biden to prepare new sanctions on Cuba’s government “unless there is some drastic change in Cuba, which I don’t anticipate.”

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