Egyptian Anti-Facebook Campaign

By Aaron Allen / October 30, 2010

Egyptian Anti-Facebook Campaign–  Alarmed by opposition groups using Facebook to network, the Egyptian government has launched a propaganda campaign warning people away from the site.

One group, of more than 100,000, uses Facebook to lobby Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammed ElBaradei to run for president.

Understanding the impact Facebook now has on Egypt’s political life, the state-run popular TV talk show, Masr ElNahrda (Egypt Today), suggested banning Facebook. The show’s host, Mona ElSharkawy, has called for a ban on the social-networking site. She warned against its evil, saying it can be used by foreign intelligence agencies to gather information about Egypt.

Within days, the “Stop the Ban of Facebook in Egypt” had formed attracting thousands of members

According to statistics published at internetworldstats.com, in 2000 there were only 450,000 internet users in Egypt. Now there are 18 million – approximately 22 percent of the population. This is also about the same proportion of the population that is between the ages of 18 and 27 – the segment likely to determine the outcome of the next election.

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