Montenegro blocks Facebook and Youtube for civil servants

By EDRi · January 14, 2009

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Montenegro’s office in charge with the government Internet infrastructure
decided to ban access to several social networking or video sharing
websites, such as YouTube or Facebook. The public servants were announced by
a statement sent at the end of December 2008 by the office to all civil

Now, the civil servants trying to access those website will receive an
access denied message. Even though this is not a spectacular measure at
workplace, it is interesting that the reason behind the blockage was not to
allow an increase of the productivity for all government employees, but to ”
avoid a meltdown of its system from excess traffic”.

The official statement explained: “Therefore, during working hours, access
to certain potentially malicious and huge traffic generating websites is
disabled,” and accepted not to block the websites off the working hours.

Montenegro, the newest European country with 650 000 inhabitants has an
Internet penetration rate of almost 40% and more than 14 000 Facebook users.

Montenegro bans Facebook access in government offices (18.12.2008)

Social Media’s Popularity Too Much For Montenegro Gov’t (18.12.2008)