Google urges Syrians to use Speak2Tweet service to counter internet blackouts

The latest in a line of internet blackouts in civil war-stricken Syria prompted Google to encourage Syrians with phone access to use its Speak2Tweet service to maintain online communications.

Communications: Google's tweet service can be used offline

A statement from Google on Tuesday evening said: "Internet access has been completely cut off in Syria in the past few hours. Mobile phones and landlines may not be working properly either. But those who still have a phone connection can still use Speak2Tweet by leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone number.

"No internet connection is required and people can listen to the messages by dialling the same phone numbers of going to"

Reports on Wednesday suggested internet coverage was coming back up after the outage, which the Syrian state news agency said was the result of a fault in optical fibre cables.

Syrians have experienced internet outages within the last two years of civil war with accusations flying between government and rebel forces over responsibility.

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