At the time of writing this article, the protest in Egypt against different online communication platforms is intensifying in a never-before-seen manner. As a result, the Egyptian government had to take action by imposing immediate ban on Facebook and Blackberry Internet Service.
The bans are not confirmed on an official level; maybe the Egyptian government is keeping it under covers. However, a Facebook official said that he noticed a significant drop in the traffic from Egypt. As for Blackberry, the company has been having issues with different countries for a long time now. First it was Saudi Arabia, and then India and couple of other regions who wanted Blackberry officials to grant access to their servers.
Speaking of Bans, Twitter has also been inaccessible in Egypt for a while now. A couple of hours ago, I was logged on to Twitter and there was this Jordanian reporter desperately looking for anyone from Egypt (Cairo). Looks like the guy didn’t get any help, as far as I know. The political situation in Egypt hasn’t been stable recently. People are revolting against the government and want an end to the 30 year rule of President Hosni Mubarak.
It looks like Social networks are an important part in inducing an uprise in these regions. Let’s see how things will roll out in the next few days. Stay tuned for an update fellows.