Sudan: Aid Groups Urge Musk to Keep Starlink Active

    Sudan: Aid Groups Urge Musk to Keep Starlink Active
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    The Facts

    • Last month, SpaceX, the Starlink satellite internet provider, notified subscribers in Sudan that it would disconnect its service because it wasn't "authorized to operate" in the conflict-ridden country.

    • The network blackout, which began in early February, has reportedly hindered Sudanese residents from buying essential supplies, stifled communication among displaced families, and delayed relief distribution.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    Sudan is in the midst of a catastrophic humanitarian crisis, and an internet blackout effectively threatens people's right to communicate — especially amid violence and famine. Musk must understand the significance of Starlink's operations for millions experiencing suffering in a complex emergency.

    Narrative B

    Musk has acted on reports confirming that Starlink's satellite communication systems can be breached, hacked, and used by bad actors. Now, he's criticized for shutting down the service in unlicensed areas, including regressive regimes. Criticism of Musk is unfair and he is making the best decision possible based on current conditions.

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