Sabahi news reported on Tuesday that Al-Shabaab forced a shutdown of mobile internet services due to an ultimatum with a telecommunication company. Al-Shabaab prohibited the use of mobile internet earlier this month, mainly located in the Horn of Africa. Recently, In a statement, the group said that “any individual or company that is found not following the order will be considered to be working with the enemy and they will be dealt with in accordance Sharia law.”
This to me shows how powerful the use of the internet can be. Powerful enough to be a threat to the rebel group. They believe that the use of internet through mobile devices can be a used to spy on the Muslim population. The rebel group also believes that the use of the internet has effects on the Muslims in Somalia.