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Iraqis Take To Whisper After Government Blocks Most Social Networks

"All social media were stopped in Iraq my only escape is Whisper," one user said Friday amid reports Twitter, Facebook and YouTube were being blocked in Iraq.

Posted on June 13, 2014, at 9:50 p.m. ET

Twitter said Friday it was aware of service interruptions reported by users in Iraq and is "investigating their reports."

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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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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"We are disturbed by reports of access issues in Iraq and are investigating," a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable.

"Limiting access to Internet services — essential for communication and commerce for millions of people — is a matter of concern for the global community."

A YouTube spokesperson also told Mashable: “We're seeing reports that some users are not able to access YouTube in Iraq."

"There is no technical issue on our side and we're looking into the situation."

One Whisper user shared that "all social media were stopped in Iraq."

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When reached by Whisper, the 24-year-old translator living and working in Baghdad said, "People are just ready because for us this is normal life but the bad is turning worse." When asked if the U.S. should get involved in the conflict he said, "Of course if it gets worse at least using Airforce."

Several other Whisper users in Iraq took to the service on Friday to share their thoughts and frustration about the unfolding situation in their country:

Twitter on Friday also suspended at least one account affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS):

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The Twitter account reportedly live tweeted it's advance into Mosul, Iraq on Tuesday.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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