Iraqis Take To Whisper After Government Blocks Most Social Networks

“All social media were stopped in Iraq my only escape is Whisper,” one user said Friday amid reports Twitter, Facebook and YouTube were being blocked in Iraq.

1. Twitter said Friday it was aware of service interruptions reported by users in Iraq and is “investigating their reports.”

2. “We are disturbed by reports of access issues in Iraq and are investigating,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable.

“Limiting access to Internet services — essential for communication and commerce for millions of people — is a matter of concern for the global community.”

3. A YouTube spokesperson also told Mashable: “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.”

4. One Whisper user shared that “all social media were stopped in Iraq.”

When reached by Whisper, the 24-year-old translator living and working in Baghdad said, “People are just ready because for us this is normal life but the bad is turning worse.” When asked if the U.S. should get involved in the conflict he said, “Of course if it gets worse at least using Airforce.”

5. Several other Whisper users in Iraq took to the service on Friday to share their thoughts and frustration about the unfolding situation in their country:

11. Twitter on Friday also suspended at least one account affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS):

The Twitter account reportedly live tweeted it’s advance into Mosul, Iraq on Tuesday.

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Michael Rusch is a socials editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Rusch was selected by Time as having one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013.
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