Dating site in libya

While we are still praying that someone will strike the Ghaddaffi Clan permanently out of governance in Libya, I thought I would take a moment and reshare this tale from ABC 2 weeks ago on how dating sites help promote revolution in Libya.–KAS

id=12981938 To avoid detection by Libyan secret police, who monitor Facebook and Twitter, Mahmoudi, the leader of the Ekhtalef (“Difference”) Movement, used what’s considered the of the Middle East to send coded love letters to rally the revolution.

It was “for the freedom, not for the marriage,” he told ABC News.

The Libyan businessman turned opposition leader said he was never politically active before, but as he watched revolutions topple governments in neighboring countries, he knew he needed to act.

The five Ls in the phrase “I LLLLLove you,” for example, meant they had five people with them. But cyber activists familiar with the region say Web 2.0 technology never took hold in Libya.

If a supporter wrote, “”My lady, how I want to climb this wall of silence. “We used to call it the digital black hole,” said Nasser Wedaddy, a civil rights outreach director for the American Islamic Congress and longtime cyber activist who has worked on cyber outreach efforts in the Middle East for years. They’re very afraid.” Activists in Tunisia and Egypt adopted social media on a mass scale, but “for all intents and purposes, in Libya, there isn’t much cyber activism going on,” Wedaddy said.

So as the revolutionary spirit gripped the region, Libyans overseas rushed in to fill the online void.

Libyans inside the country may have uploaded video and pictures to the Internet, but it was Libyan exiles who spread information through social media, according to Wedaddy.

That information spread by mainstream media may have helped push Libyan citizens to the street, he said.

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