KINSHASA Dec 15 Authorities in the Democratic
Republic of Congo have asked telecommunications companies to
block social media networks starting Sunday night in an apparent
bid to thwart anticipated protests against plans by President
Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond the end of his mandate.
The request was made in a letter by the Regulatory Authority
of the Post and Telecommunications of Congo (ARPTC) and listed
Facebook, Twitter, Skype, YouTube and LinkedIn
as services that should be temporarily blocked.
(Reporting By Aaron Ross; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)