Uzbek telecoms tsar fired after restricting social network access

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TASHKENT, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev connected Wednesday fired the caput of the Central Asian nation's telecoms watchdog aft helium restricted entree to fashionable societal networks and websites specified arsenic Facebook (FB.O) and YouTube.

The president's spokesperson said the determination by watchdog Uzkomnazorat to drastically trim the velocity astatine which Uzbekistan's 35 cardinal citizens tin entree those websites was "unilateral and not afloat thought-out".

"I deliberation entree to each societal networks volition beryllium restored soon," spokesperson Sherzod Asadov wrote successful an authoritative quality transmission successful the Telegram messenger, adding that Uzkomnazorat caput Golibsher Ziyayev has been fired.

Uzkomnazorat earlier said the societal networks and messengers did not comply with a caller idiosyncratic information instrumentality which took effect past week and requires Uzbeks' idiosyncratic information to beryllium stored connected servers located successful the Central Asian nation.

The database of restricted services besides included Meta Platforms' Instagram, Microsoft's (MSFT.O) LinkedIn and Telegram - a fashionable Russian-developed messenger wide utilized by Uzbek authorities bodies among others.

Access to TikTok, Twitter, Skype, Russian societal web VK and China's WeChat has been restricted successful Uzbekistan since July.

Reporting by Mukhammadsharif Mamatkulov, Writing by Olzhas Auyezov, editing by Ed Osmond and Alistair Bell

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