Google's YouTube, other websites shut down in Libya

February 19, 2011: 8:30 AM ET

The strategy worked pretty well for Mubarak in Egypt.

Heading over to the Google (GOOG) Transparency tool this weekend shows that escalating tensions between the Citizenry of Libya and their leader Moammar Gadhafi have incited the leadership to cut off portions of the Internet.

One such bastion of revolution is YouTube, pictured below:

It appears that YouTube was almost entirely shut off the morning of February  17th and continues to be offline.  There are also reports of FaceBook and Twitter blockage.

A tertiary concern (below loss of life and unstable governments) of Libya shutting off its Internet is all of the URL shortening companies –Bit.ly being the most prominent – that use the .ly suffix could be affected if Libya turns off its top-level DNS servers.  At this point, it seems unlikely to do so as it seems to be targeting small swaths of Internet.  As an aside, Google uses Greenland for its Goo.gl shorteners.

Moammar Gadhafi and Hosni Mubarak during happier times via AP

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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