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Iraqis Turn To Whisper App for Anonymous Social Networking

By    |   Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 12:35 PM

Iraqis are increasingly turning to a new smartphone app called Whisper after the government shut down Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in an attempt to stop the insurgent ISIS group from organizing over the social networks.

Between June 12 and 15, Whisper's usage in Iraq more than doubled, the app's editor in chief, Neetzan Zimmerman, told CNN.

The app allows users to post anonymously, and messages like "U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is evacuating" and "Waiting our miserable destiny while ISIS progressing towards Baghdad!" were posted over the weekend. Notably, the evacuation post came hours ahead of official reports of the embassy's partial staff relocation on Saturday.

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In addition to posting about the conflict, Zimmerman said that Iraqis are also making posts more typical to social media, like those about romantic and family relationships, pop culture, and in one case, sexual identity.

"Gay and single in iraq makes you feel . . . empty," wrote one user geo-located to the country. "I need . . . a boyfriend to cuddle with before I get [k]illed in a bomb."

Whisper and a similar apps like Secret and Yik Yak have become very popular in recent months among users especially tech-savvy youth in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere who use the anonymous environments the apps provide to confess secrets, break news, ask questions and solicit advice without fear of people finding out who's posting and commenting.

In Iraq, restricted access to other social media and Whisper's power of anonymity have made the app an instant hit.



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