“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,” a spokesperson for Facebook told TIME.
YouTube also confirmed that the company is receiving reports that “some users” in Iraq are unable to access the site. “There is no technical issue on our side and we’re looking into the situation,” a spokesperson said.
Mashable reports that the Lebanon-based website Cyber Arabs, which monitors web freedom in the region, confirmed that Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are blocked in Iraq.
Citing an anonymous source purportedly inside Iraq’s Ministry of Communications, the Kuwait News Agency(KUNA) also reported that social networking sites, as well as “a number of pornographic websites,” have been blocked in Iraq.
“The source did not reveal the motive for blocking these sites at the moment,” KUNA reports, “although some see it as part of government measure to prevent militants ofIslamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) from using media outlets. ISIL militants have released videos and pictures through websites to promote their actions in central and north of Iraq.”
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