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For the first time in more than five months, Ethiopia has now allowed the use of social media sites like Facebook, Telegram, TikTok, and YouTube.

The blackout of social media platforms was implemented on February 9, 2023 by the government.

Following the blackout, social media networks could only be accessed by individuals with virtual private network software, which cost users extra bandwidth.

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The action sparked violent riots that ended in deaths.

The authorities have not released a statement regarding the decision to revoke the ban on social media.

The Internet Society, however, estimates that the impact of the ban on businesses caused cost Ethiopia $42 million (£32 million). Some claim that the figure is higher.

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