Google: Libya has cut off the Internet completely

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Libya has followed in the footsteps of Tunisia and Egypt. If you've been following the events in the Middle East, you'll realize that this means shutting down the Internet in the hope that it will stop protests against the government.

It looks like Libyan officials today cut off the Internet completely, at least according to Google's Transparency Report. Here's how the search giant describes the tool: "This tool provides information about traffic to our services around the world. Each graph shows historic traffic patterns for a given country/region and service. You may select a country/region and then choose a service to view each respective graph. Graphs are updated as data are collected, normalized, and scaled in units of 0 to 100. By showing outages, this tool visualizes disruptions in the free flow of information, whether it's a government blocking information or a cable being cut."

A few weeks ago, Libya blocked access to Facebook, Al Jazeera, and other websites. This was quickly followed by turning off the Internet. Traffic has completely flat-lined today, according to the above graph provided by Google.

Libya's dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, has controlled the country for more than 40 years, since 1969. This is longer than both Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1987 to January 14, 2011) and Egyptian dictator Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak (1981 to February 11, 2011). Libyans want Gaddafi ousted like the dictators in Tunisia and Egypt.


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