Reports: Libya Follows Egypt’s Lead, Starts Shutting Off Internet Services
Both the BBC and Yahoo News are reporting that Muammar Gaddafi’s government in Libya has begun to block user access Facebook in the country’s capital of Tripoli and is sporadically shutting down electricity access and access to Internet connections in the rest of the country as a response to anti-govermental protests.
Twitter user Ramy Raoof says that sources in Libya have confirmed the Facebook blocks, but that Twitter.com is still not blocked and Internet access is not yet down. You can follow the events in Libya on Twitter at #Libya.
Al Jazeera is also reporting access to its Aljazeera.net site being cut off as well as access to Facebook opposition groups. This is reminiscent of the steps former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak took to cut off Internet access in Egypt before popular uprisings lead to his resignation.
View the BBC’s video here.
As with Egypt, Telecomix is offering a free dialup number to Libyans wanting to connect.