Burundi election: Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp blocked

Burundi has blocked social media platforms on election day as voters choose a leader to replace long-serving president Pierre Nkurunziza.

The BBC has confirmed that Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter are not accessible.

Only those using Virtual Private Networks (VPN), which mask a user’s identity, can access the social media sites.

The authorities have not responded to requests for comment.

Polling stations for the election opened early on Wednesday morning.