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Libyan Government Seizes Domain

URL domains containing .ly may soon face the ire of the government of Libya after it shut down a link containing what it claims was obscene materials.

The Libyan government has removed a domain link from its web, as the country's regulators found the link to be out of place with its local laws and consisting of adult friendly and obscene material, tech news site Tech Watch reports.

“We eventually discovered that the domain has been seized because the content of our website, in their opinion, fell outside of Libyan Islamic/Sharia Law,” said Ben Metcalfe, co-founder of

According to Metcalfe, the domain registry authority of Libya seized their domain and did not reveal any reason for the action until the issue was taken to media by the founders.

The authorities found an image of a bare-armed woman with a bottle of beer, which read "sex positive", which they have determined as offensive, and revoked the web address from its list.

Metcalfe has warned owners of other short domain about random shut down by, the authority in place to control web addresses in the country.