Iraq shuts down Twitter and Facebook, shortly after that, about 75% of the network across Iraq is down



NetBlocks, an organization that monitors copyrighted materials and cyber security on the Internet, said, `` October 2, 2019, 12:30 ( UTC ), Iraqi government has social media apps and messages such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram etc. We announced that the communication of the application was cut off, and 4 hours and a half later, at 17:00 on October 2 (UTC), it was reported that the network was cut off in the majority of Iraq including Baghdad.

Iraq blocks Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram, then shuts down internet amid civil unrest-NetBlocks
https://netblocks.org/reports/iraq-blocks-facebook-twitter-whatsapp-and-instagram-amid-civil-unrest-zA4zGlyR

According to NetBlock, the series of events occurred at 12:30 (UTC) on October 2, 2019. Iraq blocked the communication of social media messaging apps such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram. If you look at the following image published by NetBlock, you can see that the communication of each app was blocked on many platforms.




At 17:00 on the same day (UTC), following the disconnection of social media and messaging apps, the Internet was cut off in the majority of Iraq, including Baghdad, and network traffic in Iraq fell below 70% during normal times.




At 19:30 (UTC) on the same day, Iraq's network traffic will be 25% or less than usual. NetBlocks reports that 'the majority of Iraq has gone offline.'




A series of communication cuts are seen as a way to disrupt the protests in Iraq since October 1, 2019. This protest demonstration has spread throughout Iraq, including the capital, Baghdad, due to the corruption, high unemployment rate, and dissatisfaction with public services within the government. Baghdad has been reported to have been attended by more than 1000 people, and security forces have reportedly killed the crowd with fire and tear gas, resulting in at least seven deaths and more than 200 injuries.

Video: Large-scale protest demonstration in Iraq 2 deaths, more than 200 injured 1 photo International News: AFPBB News
https://www.afpbb.com/articles/-/3247544



7 people killed in large-scale demonstration in Iraq Protest against government corruption: Tele Asa News

https://news.tv-asahi.co.jp/news_international/articles/000165843.html



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