Stories about Kazakhstan
Russia also moved to block the website and its popular 'Wayback Machine' two years ago.
Despite no clear link to actual suicides in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, authorities are dreaming up restrictions.
With traditional media in the country heavily restricted, social media is an obvious forum for information warfare between the Kazakh nationalists and ethnic Russians.
Activists reported that Facebook, YouTube, and other social media websites were inaccessible in Kazakhstan on Friday, the 25th anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union.
Russia, Belarus and the Central Asian states were all rated "not free" in Freedom House's 2016 "Freedom on the Web" report.
'Kazakhstan has drawn criticism ... for what media rights advocates have described as the excessively punitive libel damages sometimes levelled at journalists.'
As academic freedoms wane from Kazakhstan to Colombia, a Dutch court goes after Facebook, and the tech industry says cheerio to the UK.
This week, Japan cracks down on whistleblowers, Sweden pounces on the Pirate Bay and Spain's "Google tax" shows its teeth.
A Kyrgyz media outlet refused government requests to delete a reposted video of Kazakh children training in ISIS camps. Now it is partly blocked in both countries.