Iraq Censors Social Media Sites Amidst Violence

Several social media outlets in Iraq have been blocked amidst the ongoing violence that has drawn worldwide attention once again.

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Cyber Arabs, a pro-Internet and freedom of expression activist group, has confirmed that Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter cannot be accessed in Iraq currently. A report from the International Business Times says that the Ministry of Communications is directly responsible.

The Iraqi government has blocked all social media networks over fears that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) was using the outlets to organise their insurgency.

ISIS, considered an even more dangerous offshoot of Al-Qaeda, have been taking cities in the north of the country in violent conflicts.

Twitter has said it is investigating the issue while Facebook has since offered its own statement on the matter saying it was disturbed by the news of the censorship.

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.