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Egypt Situation Gets Worse, People Reporting Internet And SMS Shutdown

January 27th, 2011 01:16 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

The world is watching in shock at the moment as reports continue to flood in of Egyptians having their Internet connection cut in addition having access to social media services like Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry shut down.

Along with The Arabist and CNN’s Ben Wedeman, Reuters is now reporting that users in Cairo are experiencing phone and Internet shutdown. “Egypt has shut off the internet,” read one headline.

Gordon Reynolds@gordon_reynolds
Gordon Reynolds

Dictating Tweet over the phone from Cairo. All internet access shut down. Feel like a captive.

about 1 hour ago via webRetweetReply

Reuters is also reporting that the Egyptian Prime Minister’s office denied that Facebook and Twitter have been shut down despite countless claims to the contrary.

The flood of communication blackout reports on Twitter and elsewhere came shortly after a gruesome video of an Egyptian protestor being shot was posted by the AP. One source says he is communicating with his relatives in Cairo via landline and they are confirming reports that riot police are setting cars on fire  in the street as access to messaging services is being shut down. You can not text message in Egypt at the moment,” he said.

No one either inside or outside of the country quite understands exactly why and how the blackout is happening or how it will end but it is believed that these efforts are in preparation for tomorrow’s anti-government protests.

As TC’s Mike Butcher points out, the major service providers in Egypt are TEDATA, Egynet DSL and Vodaphone. Vodaphone has been quiet about the issue since it denied blocking Twitter on January 25th.

Naturally, you can follow the movement on Twitter on #Jan25.

Image: Ahmed Shokeir

Source: Egypt Situation Gets Worse, People Reporting Internet And SMS Shutdown

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