After Blocking Twitter, Egypt Reportedly Starts Restricting Access To Facebook
According to a number of tips we’ve received in the past few minutes, the chatter on Twitter and several local reports (mostly in Arabic), it appears Egyptian authorities have moved to block Facebook.
Similar to the protests in Tunisia, the Egyptian demonstrations were partly organized on Facebook and Twitter. Yesterday, Twitter was blocked in Egypt.
If Facebook has been blocked, this isn’t particularly surprising. Facebook has also been actively used to organize the demonstrations in Egypt. For instance, one Facebook Group called We Are All Khaled Said, features up-to-the-minute updates on the protests and photos from the scene. Khaled Said was “a young man brutally tortured and killed by police in Alexandria,” explains Blake Hounshell on the Foreign Policy blog, and his death has become a rallying point for the demonstrations which fall on “Police Day,” a national holiday in Egypt.
We’ve contacted Facebook to confirm if the social network has been blocked and will update when we hear back.