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Iraq Blocks Facebook and Twitter In Bid To Restrict Isis

iraqisThe Iraqi government appears to have blocked Facebook, Twitter and other social media, amid escalating combat.

Users in the country attempting to visit these sites are greeted by a message saying the Ministry of Communications has barred access.

The move comes after Islamist insurgents used Twitter to post a graphic image of a beheaded man, and to spread propaganda messages.

A Facebook spokesperson said the block was “a matter of concern”.

One source in Iraq told the BBC that access to the internet was entirely restricted in some provinces.

Commenting on the developments, a YouTube spokesperson said: “We’re seeing reports that some users are not able to access YouTube in Iraq. There is no technical issue on our side and we’re looking into the situation.”

Google’s own analytics show a huge drop in traffic to YouTube since 13 June

On Friday, Twitter’s public policy unit tweeted: “Users in #Iraq are reporting issues accessing our service. We’re investigating their reports and we hope service will be restored quickly.”

A Facebook spokesperson said: “We are disturbed by reports of access issues in Iraq and are investigating. Limiting access to internet services – essential for communication and commerce for millions of people – is a matter of concern for the global community.”

Although internet use was heavily controlled during Saddam Hussein’s presidency, Iraqis have since enjoyed open access to the net.

Source: BBC

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