Libya's Muammar Gaddafi Warns Against Facebook

Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi warned against the use of Facebook, where groups have formed calling for economic and political reforms as activists in Libya show support for recent uphevals in Egypt and Tunisia and call for demonstrations in Tripoli tomorrow.

What makes Libya a bit different from the series of Middle Eastern nations that have organized revolts via social media: The nation’s dictator of 40 years, Gaddafi has to be the most colorful political figure in the world despite a reputation for ruthlessness.

His efforts to retain control appear to be working because experts say that a full-on revolt in the nation doesn’t seem likely. In fact, rallies that have already occurred this week have shown support for Gaddafi — and that makes his warning against using Facebook seem strange.

Nonetheless, Gaddafi’s security forces have arrested activists who’ve posted online about revolution. He’s hired special agents to attack activists who call for political reform and an end to corruption in the nation, especially the ones who’ve suggested the dictator ought to step down the way Hosni Mubarak just gave up the presidency in Egypt.

What do you make of Gaddafi’s stance on using Facebook, and how Libya compares to the rest of the Middle East in using social media to organize protests?

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