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Iraqis Post to Whisper After Social Media Crackdown

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Iraqis who have been banned from using social media amid the country's descent into sectarian fighting have taken to a relatively new anonymous app called "Whisper" to discuss the conflict.

Whisper allows users to post anything they want anonymously and share it with others.

The posts started coming in after Iraqis had difficulty accessing social media sites like Twitter. The country is in embroiled in conflict between the extremist Sunni Muslim group ISIS, which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and the predominantly Shiite Iraqi government and its army.

Neetzan Zimmerman, editor of the app, gathered some of the recent posts by Iraqis and published them on Storify.

Michael Heyword, CEO of Whisper, told ABC News last month that he believed his app could help connect people and make them feel less alone.

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