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Using Bit.ly supports Jihadis

Posted by avideditor on December 15, 2009

I think it is fair to say that the use of the service promotes Libya. Which is a jihadi state. Therefore using bit.ly promotes jihad. I have been testing out twitter because my internet connection has been weird and for some reason twitter works way faster. But the use of Bit.ly by everyone there makes me sick. There are many url shorteners like is.gd or tinyurly. The info has been out there. And I was informed of the evil of bit.ly shortly after posting at twitter. But for some reason alot of anti-Jihadi and pro-Israel group still use the service.

From here

So why should you care? Let’s take a look at the what’s involved. First, .LY is Libya. Remember them? State sponsors of terrorism. Responsible for blowing up Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland and killing 259 people. If it were me, I’d say you had me at hello. Second, .LY domains are controlled byLibyan Spider Network, the official Registrar for all domains in Libya. Check out the Terms of Service for .LY domains:

Any .LY domain name may be registered, except domains containing obscene and indecent names/phrases, including words of a sexual nature; furthermore domain names may not contain words/phrases or abbreviations insulting religion or politics, or be related to gambling and lottery industry or be contrary to Libyan law or Islamic morality, the same applies to the site content.

I refuse in any way, shape or form to be subject to, directly or indirectly, Libyan law. Libyan law mean Islamic law, which means Sharia. Here’s Article 2from the Libyan constitution:

Article 2 [Religion]
The Holy Koran is the Constitution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

I go farther and suggest a boycott of bit.ly. People that use bit.ly support jihadis, sharia, and a destruction of freedom IMHO.

Even with more info from Creeping Sharia

So far, the news coverage I’ve read about Bit.ly has neglected an unusual aspect of the startup: It’s one of the only prominent online ventures using a domain name in the .LY namespace, which iscontrolled by Libya.

There are two issues that arise from this relationship.

First, of course, is the appearance of an American company doing business with Libya, a country that the U.S. considered a state sponsor of terror from 1979 through 2006. On Dec. 21, 1988, Libyan intelligence agents planted a bomb on Pan Am Flight 103 that blew up 31,000 feet over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people onboard.

Bit.ly’s only doing a trivial amount of business with Libya — the domains sell for $75 per year from the registrar Libyan Spider Network — but its use of .LY domain is helping to popularize and legitimize the top-level domain for general use on the Internet. It’s only a matter of time before a reporter decides to ask the families of Lockerbie victims what they think of the arrangement. I can’t imagine that story going well for the company.

Even without that PR hit, there’s another potential concern for Bit.ly and any other venture that builds its business on an .LY domain. These domains are governed by Libyan law, as it states on the Libyan Spider Network site:

Any .LY domain names may be registered, except domains containing obscene and indecent names/phrases, including words of a sexual nature; furthermore domain names may not contain words/phrases or abbreviations insulting religion or politics, or be related to gambling and lottery industry or be contrary to Libyan law or Islamic morality.

So the names must conform to Islamic morality, and it’s possible that the use of the domains could fall under the same rules. What are the odds that some of those 20 million clicks on a Bit.ly-shortened URL end up at sites that would be considered blasphemous or otherwise offensive in an Islamic nation? Bit.ly conveniently provides search pages for such topics as Islamshariagambling and sex, any of which contain links that could spark another controversy.

Bit.ly’s building a business atop a domain that could be taken away at any time, and the company’s only recourse would be to seek redress in the Libyan court system. Take a look at Section 11 of theregulations for .LY owners:

The Arabic language is the language of interpretation, correspondence and the construction of the Regulation or anything related to it. … In case of conflict between the Arabic and the English versions the Arabic version shall prevail.

I hope Bit.ly’s attorneys are brushing up on their Arabic.

So you might ask why does anyone use this service with its jihadi ties. The problem is that bit.ly is the default for twitter clients, and it provides some interesting info. But the info and not changing the default come at the cost of your soul IMHO.   It is supporting jihadist and the terrorist sate Libya. So write to anyone that still uses this service and the people that make it a default on twitter clients.

HT David at the JIDF for showing me the articles above

8 Responses to “Using Bit.ly supports Jihadis”

  1. sj said

    erm… I am relatively new to twitter and I had no idea. I will ammend my wicked ways immediately. I just chose the first shortner to show up in a search. My apologies.

    • avideditor said

      SJ it is one thing to make a mistake and release it and not make the mistake again. It is an other thing to continue to use a pro jihadi service and know about it, while calling your self an anti jihadi. 😉 I made the mistake of using bit.ly too 😉

  2. Rex Dixon said

    First and foremost – we would appreciate you asking Bit.ly directly before you go out and post on your site about Bit.ly and our supposed conspiracy theorized type of Libyan connection.

    Here below are the most common Q&A concerning Bit.ly and Libya. Please feel free to engage us in dialog via our direct support channel which is – support@bit.ly – We are way to busy with actual work, and keeping the billions of bit.ly urls running live than to engage in a discussion via this or any blog, but we feel since a concerned member of our community took the time to e-mail us, that we would respond here directly. Please direct any further questions to the address above.

    Thank you.

    –Why did you pick the name bit.ly?

    We picked the name bitly because it’s short and it is evocative of small bits, loosely coupled, a theme at betaworks. Bit.ly is a shorter url than bitly.com, which we also use, and echoes the name of several micro-blogging services like present.ly, song.ly and near.ly.

    To purchase the domain, we paid $75 to an online registrar accredited by ICANN, the international nonprofit that governs internet domains and naming, which is headquartered in Marina del Rey, California, here in the US of A.

    –Are you confident the site will be safe?

    ICANN signed an accountability framework with Libya Telecom and Technology in March 2007, which sets out the telephone company’s (LTT’s) obligations as a registrar for the .ly domain and provides an internationally-accepted mechanism for dispute resolution.

    ICANN sets a standard for responsibility and reliability, and we have confidence in their framework.

    We’ve also got a tremendous confidence in our engineering team, which has built a redundant, secure, highly-scaleable site. Every single bit.ly short url also exists as a bitly.com page.

    –Do you have any issues doing business in Libya?

    We don’t do business in Libya, but it’s worth noting that on May 31, 2006 the United States reopened the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, a step the State Department described as marking “a new era in U.S.-Libya relations.”

  3. Jpatt said

    Well done. I never put 2+2 together like that and I will boycott as well. For politics, patriots should use http://gop.am

  4. Andre said

    Wow…that’s some serious paranoia. Personally, I don’t see how using either service supports terrorism. The company isn’t owned by a terrorist state and they didn’t purchase the domain name from any company in Libya.

    Nonsense like this is just sad. You’re asking people to boycott a company that you really know absolutely nothing about and inferring that the company has some Libyan connection.

    Assuming that any company using the “.ly” extension supports terrorism is like assuming that any Chinese company that buys a “.com” extension supports democracy.

    Please stop spreading crap like this around. Keep your unconfirmed fears and paranoias to yourself.

  5. Cedric said

    Good post! I will be also gonna publish a blog article relating to this… appreciate it

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