Key Domains Not Affected By Lybian Internet Blackout

The internet restrictions apparently deployed by the Libyan government to quell the protests erupting across the nation might not affect the bit.ly users in the country.

Gaddafi's government has seemingly initiated internet curfews under which the whole country becomes an internet blackspot from night until dawn.

Bit.ly CEO John Borthwick wrote on Quora that the users of the URL shortner will not be affected by the internet blackouts.

“Should Libya block Internet traffic, as Egypt did, it will not affect http://bit.ly or any .ly domain. And http://bit.ly will continue to do everything we can to ensure we offer our users the best service we possibly can. That includes offering options around which top level domain you use,” Borthwick said on the question and answer website Quora.

Google Transparency Report which gives information on traffic to Google services, such as News, Gmail, Blogger and Search, shows regular cycles of zero activity from Libya during the early hours of February 19th and 20th, and sharp dips on the 21st and 22nd. Traffic levels seem to have been reduced since the 17th with YouTube virtuallt inaccessible, according to the report. Al-Jazeera also reports that its site is unavailable from within Libya.

The internet curfews come after the government pulled the plug on Libya's internet similar to what President Mubarak had done in Egypt when websites like Twitter and Facebook were inaccessible.