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Baghdad decrees Facebook shutdown amid Iraq protests: KRG official

By Rudaw 14/7/2018
Iraqis in Baghdad protest against poor services and high unemployment on Friday. Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP
Iraqis in Baghdad protest against poor services and high unemployment on Friday. Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Social media site Facebook and other internet services are down in many cities across Iraq and the Kurdistan Region as of Saturday afternoon. 

The platform was shut down following a decree from Baghdad, according to Umed Mohammed, spokesperson for the KRG’s Ministry of Transport and Communications.

“Beyond Facebook, there is also pressure from the Iraqi government to block other internet services,” Mohammed told Rudaw.

He assured Facebook users in the Kurdistan Region the move is only “temporary” and that authorities are working to restore services “as soon as possible”.

Demonstrations and occupations against corruption and shortages of electricity and water are spreading across Iraq – so far reaching six provinces: Basra, Maysan, Karbala, Najaf, Babel, Dhi Qar.

Videos and photographs of protesters have been shared widely on social media platforms. 

Last updated at 17:35 p.m.

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FUCK YOU | 14/7/2018
lmfao is this some kind of a joke?
Peleng | 14/7/2018
Finely Rudaw is reporting on this very serious development. The reason social media is being shut down by the Iraqi government is because live streams, images and video of how bad it really is was coming out despite the media ban in the southern Iraq. All oil companies have evacuated, official buildings are all empty or being destroyed. The casualty numbers are higher than what is reported. Sunni regions and Baghdad are next, already started, ISIS attacks are on the rise the past 3 months. The street vendor the Americans picked to run Iraq turned out worse than Malaki, Malaki used 8 years to destroy Iraq, Abadi beat him in half the time.
jonalyne | 14/7/2018
is there any specific date when it will resume?
Scott | 15/7/2018
Peleng . Is that a name of a board game or a dice dish in northern Iraq ?
Martin | 15/7/2018
Users can access to facebook through a VPN Server connection.

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