Tag Archives | social media

Arrests for Voicing Protest Solidarity

By John Lee. Authorities in Anbar governorate are suppressing the right of residents to show support for demonstrations elsewhere in the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. In recent days, they have arrested two men for merely posting messages of solidarity on Facebook, questioned a third, and sent a fourth into hiding. More here. […]

Iraqi Govt continues to Block Social Media

The Iraqi government continues to block social media websites in all governorates amid mass demonstrations in the country. This is despite the partial return of internet service in the capital Baghdad and the southern governorates. Despite the intermittent return of the internet service, the blocking of social media websites continues in all governorates of Iraq, […]

MAG, Facebook Reducing Casualties from ISIS Mines

MAG teams up with Facebook to reduce casualties from ISIS mines in Iraq The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) has launched an innovative project with Facebook and the US government to help people in northern Iraq learn how to stay safe from the landmines and unexploded bombs left behind after years of war. The initiative uses […]

Hunting For Troll Farms In Northern Iraq

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In Iraqi Kurdistan, as many as a dozen different Facebook pages, all with hundreds of thousands of followers, coordinate their fake news. And wealthy political candidates are likely paying for […]

Facebook “Fraying Families and Tradition In Iraqi Kurdistan”

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The annual holiday of Eid is usually an occasion to take a break, visit family and exchange gifts. In the semi-autonomous northern region of Iraqi Kurdistan, locals prepare by buying […]

The Young Iraqi Behind ‘The Better Facebook’

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Sajad Saadi has dreams of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg, the now-seriously wealthy American who helped found Facebook while he was at university. And to get that particular party started, […]

How the Islamic State is Winning the Media War

By Mohammed A. Salih for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Faced with what has been often described as the world’s most resourceful and sophisticated terror organization, Iraq’s news media outlets have stumbled in how to cover the Islamic State (IS). The country’s news media […]

SOSi Wins Contract with US Embassy

EXOVERA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SOS International LLC (SOSi), has been awarded a three-year contract by the U.S. State Department to monitor and analyze traditional and social media in support of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. SOSi established EXOVERA in 2012 as a commercial, cloud-based service that currently monitors 350,000 news and social media […]

Iraqis use Social Media to Pressure Govt

By Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Social networking sites in Iraq are turning into a real pressure tool on government decision-making centers. This became obvious April 28 when activists and bloggers started a media campaign on Facebook against the Iraqi […]

Iraqis on Social Media Fight Extremists Online

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The extremist Islamic State group has worked the Internet to it’s advantage from the very start of its campaign in Iraq. Locals have lagged behind. But now, some say, they […]

Video: A Divided Iraq

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Competing geopolitical interests; competing media narratives in Iraq: