Iraqi government has reportedly blocked access to several websites and social media services
According to Friday reports, government authorities in Iraq have started blocking access to Facebook, Twitter, YouTubeand other websites and social media services in the country. There has been no official disclosure by the government about the reason behind blocking the services.
Nonetheless, reporting the move by the Iraqi government, some news outlets have even claimed that the access to social media sites is being blocked in Iraq to prevent militants from using these sites.
These outlets have drawn attention to the fact that the Iraqi government's decision to block several websites and social media platforms coincide with the government's efforts to curb the militants --- a move which is similar to the attempts made by Middle East countries to block Internet access in the past.
With regard to the response to the Iraqi government's move, the Daily News said that a spokesperson of social network Facebook has revealed that the company is looking into the disturbing reports of "access issues in Iraq."
Noting that Internet services play a crucial role for communication and commerce for millions of people, the spokesperson said that blocking access to these services is "a matter of concern for the global community."
Issuing a similar statement on its Policy account, Twitter said: "Users in Iraq are reporting issues accessing our service. We're investigating their reports and we hope service will be restored quickly."
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