The conflict within Iraq expands to social media. Today, Iraq Government reportedly shuts down Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube and several other sites in order to prevent the uprising started by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reports that Iraqi Ministry of Communications, has been instructed by the government to block access to the social media yet the motivation might not be directly linked to the ISIS.
The tweet below belongs to a reporter covering Iraq for the Guardian.
— Martin Chulov (@martinchulov) June 13, 2014
International Business Times reports that the sites are blocked “over fears that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) was using the outlets to organise their insurgency“. Although ISIS is known for its active usage of social media the cause and the scope of the block is still unclear.
The story is developing.