The Crisis in Iraq, as Told by Teens on One of the Internet's Favorite Anonymous Apps

The news: The situation in Iraq has gone from bad to worse. As the ISIS terrorist group becomes more powerful and violent — ISIS may have executed 1,700 Iraqi government soldiers — the Iraqi government has responded by censoring Internet use, including social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, theoretically to prevent insurgents from using these sites as an organization or propaganda tool.

But one app is still available: Whisper, an anonymous secret sharing app often used by adolescents. And young Iraqis have taken to it, sharing their feelings about what's happening in Iraq in the one of the only ways they can. 

Neetzan Zimmerman, the site's editor in chief, posted some of the Whisper messages from Iraq and wrote, "with the identity-based social media outlets being blocked by the Iraqi government 'for security purposes' residents of Baghdad and other cities turned to Whisper to get the word out and express concerns about their volatile country and its uncertain future." 








Image Credit (all): Neetzan Zimmerman/Whisper.sh

The situation in Iraq is bleak, but that hasn't stopped people from voicing their opinions on social media. And after seeing what happened with the Arab Spring and the Boko Haram kidnappings, maybe a social media campaign is their best hope.

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Jenna Kagel

Jenna Kagel covers global and national social injustices. She also focuses on political dysfunction, the intersection of money and policy, and the US criminal justice system.

MORE FROM

CNN retraction and undercover video feeds into pro-Trump media's "fake news" claims

The release of a secretly recorded video of a CNN producer on Tuesday has amplified criticism.

"No religion" is now Australia's most popular religious affiliation

The segment of Australia's population marking "no religion" is growing quickly.

Global ransomware hack hits infrastructure targets across Europe

Targets include Russia's biggest oil company, Ukraine's largest airport and its state power company.

France convenes youngest, most diverse Parliament in its history. Is this the future of Europe?

Thanks to Emmanuel Macron's newly formed party, the French government is more diverse than ever before.

Kremlin slams White House's warning of potential chemical attack in Syria

The U.S. and Russia continue to spar over Syria.

CNN retraction and undercover video feeds into pro-Trump media's "fake news" claims

The release of a secretly recorded video of a CNN producer on Tuesday has amplified criticism.

"No religion" is now Australia's most popular religious affiliation

The segment of Australia's population marking "no religion" is growing quickly.

Global ransomware hack hits infrastructure targets across Europe

Targets include Russia's biggest oil company, Ukraine's largest airport and its state power company.

France convenes youngest, most diverse Parliament in its history. Is this the future of Europe?

Thanks to Emmanuel Macron's newly formed party, the French government is more diverse than ever before.

Kremlin slams White House's warning of potential chemical attack in Syria

The U.S. and Russia continue to spar over Syria.