Comments, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, among mobile technology, are recording critical events fuelling and organizing dissenters in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries. The social network gives people a way to express themselves and have their voice heard by governments and dictators this was not so before. However, I think Facebook gets too much credit for these things. Though the protests came together largely through informal online networks, their success has also raised questions about whether a new opposition movement has formed that could challenge whatever new government takes shape.
Social media is primed to play a role in Egypt as well. More than million people signed up on a Facebook page for the protests, framed by the organizers as a stand against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment. But the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most powerful opposition movement, said it would not officially participate, though some of its members joined the protesters in Cairo. Massive street protests in Egypt on Facebook are spreading virally as tech-savvy demonstrators are using Facebook to disseminate videos and photographs. The amount of content produced online by opposition groups, in Facebook increased dramatically. As such, Facebok proved to be, and continue to be a way to move information quickly, personally, and largely under the radar (Everyday Wisdom, n.d).
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