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Social media played an important role in Arab spring demonstrations, which started December 17, 2010, in Tunisia and was followed by similar uprising in Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Syria.
The Facebook pages and Twitter accounts of people attending or supporting the cause were used to build up mass demonstrations and expose the regimes’ crimes in these Arab countries before and after the revolutionary massive demonstrations.
Most of the social media accounts who called for the January 25, 2011, revolution in Egypt have stopped posting new posts after the military coup in Egypt on June 30, 2013, without providing any reason. These including the major pages who pioneered the digital age of uprising, such as “We are all Khalid Said,” and the “Wael Ghonim” Twitter account and Facebook page.
“We are all Khalid Said” was among the pioneering pages who called for the reform of Mubarak’s regime before moving on to the idea of bringing the regime down in the January 25, 2011 revolution in Egypt. The page was established by Weal Ghonim in 2010 after the death of Khalid Saeed, who was arrested and tortured to death by the Egyptian police.
The last post in” We are all Khalid Said” was on July 3, of 2013. The post was a copy of the Egyptian army declaration of removing Muhammad Mursi from power and appointing Adly Mansour the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court as the acting president.
The Egyptian army coup came after four days of massive protests against Mursi and the Muslim brotherhoods. The protests were a collaborated effort organized by all political strands in Egypt including Islamists, who are against the Muslim Brotherhoods’ policy.
The last post on the “Wael Ghonim” Twitter and Facebook page was also on July 3 in Arabic saying the following: “You promised but reneged, eliminated, failed, dispersed, so you were removed. God saves Egypt and its people. We wish to see Egypt as we dream about.”
Toonari Post has tried to find an explanation as to why the pages have stopped posting on the critical situation in Egypt and the Middle Eastern region by contacting the administrator of the two pages, but the option to send a message to the pageholder has been disconnected on both accounts, apparently to prevent any questions from the page’s fans and journalists.
There is not much information on whether they decided to stop writing, if they are prevented from writing by the coup authorities, if they fear something, or if they are imprisoned or kidnapped.
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