Leading mobile operator Econet Wireless said the government had ordered it to shut down services.
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Zimbabwe on Friday blocked most social media as global criticism mounted of a ruthless security crackdown after anti-government protests. If they block a VPN server, there are many out there and majority are all over the world.
"We are concerned by the Zimbabwean government's blocking of internet services in the country ... and urge the restoration of access to social media sites and application", it said.
"We were served with another directive for total shutdown of the internet until further notice", Econet said in a text message Friday, according to Agence France-Presse.
Now Mnangagwa is seen as potentially an even more repressive leader than his predecessor.
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"Our country is going through one of the most trying periods in its history", the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference said in a sweeping statement lamenting the government's "intolerant handling of dissent" and its failure to halt economic collapse.
The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe issued a statement Thursday condemning the internet shutdown.
"The picket is to appeal to South Africa, SADC, the AU and the broader worldwide community that Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government immediately stop their attacks on and the killing of the Zimbabwean people who are simply exercising their right to protest against escalating political and economic crisis", said CZC.
It urged Zimbabwe's government "to find ways of engaging with the population about their legitimate grievances". People have the constitutional right to protest and express their views peacefully.
The internet had been partially restored after a first shutdown started on Tuesday.
This may have prompted the government to order the second Internet blackout. Some government workers could no longer pay for public transportation.