Google: Libya has cut off the Internet completely

By on March 4, 2011, 2:28 PM
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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emzdhr said:

I was really surprised that they didn't do such so from the start..

I thought, "hey.. maybe they can't, cause they don't have the control of it"

but it seems that I was wrong..

Gaddafi will not surrender easily, so may Allah be with you Libyans..

Al-Gaddafi sawof yandam nadam kabeeeer jeddan..

Lurker101 said:

The Internet's cut and now the slaughters will commence.

WildEast said:

Wow, everything keeps repeating as if you are watching the same movie many times. Same steps/speeches across all 3 countries, I guess that means Gaddafi's end is close .

TrekExpert TrekExpert said:

You would think that the leaders would realize this strategy didn't work well for the other two countries so why should it work for them.

w3b0n said:

lurker101 said:

The Internet's cut and now the slaughters will commence.

May the goodness protect as many as it can. Just to think on being on someone shoe's from there makes me realize that im a lucky bastard.

I summon all ideologies, beliefs, super powers and the even the Jedi Force to really stop the wars. Thats just diplomatic bullcrap and selfish behaviors. PLEASE STOP THE HATE

Lurker101 said:

Not gonna happen. The west has too much money invested in Gaddafi and his regime to help the protesters and not enough balls to look like the bad guy and protect its investment. The internet has been cut to stop the rest of the world from seeing the brutality that's expected to commence and nobody's going to get involved.

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

They have always had a rough time under Mr. Gaddafi's regime, it seems. And now it appears as if someone in Libya has put up a cascade so that no-one can see what they're really up to.

Guess it'll be back to paper and pencil for the protesters, then.

Guest said:

Wonder if Ananymous will come in and kick him in the face like they did with Egypt.

I wish the protestors good luck!

Leeky Leeky said:

Guess it'll be back to paper and pencil for the protesters, then.

It took all of two mins before people could use the internet in Egypt thanks to some big internet players - I wonder if it will be the case again..

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