Politics of Egypt

Social networks seen going dark in Egypt

January 26, 2011: 3:23 PM ET

Twitter and Facebook have seen outages occur as protestors, following the recent Tunisian example, demand the end of President Hosni Mubarak's reign.

A photo of the protests posted on the Facebook group page,

A photo of the protests posted on the Facebook group page, "We are all Khaled Said."

In the history of political upheavals, communication is in many ways the most powerful tool available to both entrenched power and upstart. However control over those communications tends to lie firmly in the hands of the former. Case in point: According to reports across the Internet, for the last several days, the Egyptian government has been blocking access from within its borders to social networks, namely Twitter and Facebook.

Over the last two days, roughly 20,000 Egyptian protesters, inspired by the recent Tunisian demonstrations against government corruption, have marched for an end to the 30-year-old dictatorship of 82-year-old President Hosni Mubarak in cities including Alexandria, Suez, and North Sinai. The protestors hold Mubarak's regime largely responsible for the country's poverty, high food prices, government corruption and mismanagement.

"Down with Hosni Mubarak, down with the tyrant," they reportedly chanted. "We don't want you." More

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