Facebook announced the release of the second edition of its Global Government Requests Report, and this time around, it added government requests to restrict or remove content to the information it previously provided on government requests for account information.
As the Egyptian protests enter their second week and the number of possible copy-cat nations in the region continues to grow, I’m seeing some confusion about the scope of Facebook’s role in these so-called revolutions.
The so-called Facebook-powered revolution happening in Egypt appears to be emboldening an ever-widening array of middle eastern nations to call for their own protests and also seek supporting demonstrations at embassies around the world.
Tunisia and Egypt’s uprisings continue to embolden people in other middle eastern nations to call for their own protests via social media. Syria became the latest to do so, as Facebook posts are organizing peaceful demonstrations for this Thursday and Friday.
Sudanese youth feel emboldened by Egypt and Tunisia’s examples in using Facebook to plan protests against the government, and are using social media to organize demonstrations for January 30 in Khartoum.