The Internet is the ideal channel through which to publish and circulate photos and videos of atrocities, and it is a place where citizens can organize to better resist and overthrow their oppressors — that is, provided they can gain access to the Internet. Enter Facebook and Google, which are working independently on two similar projects to enable free, uncensored Internet access from the sky.
Athletes and other celebrities use Facebook as a platform for numerous reasons, and soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, of Real Madrid and Portugal’s national team, turned to the social network to raise awareness of the plight of Syrian refugees.
It’s year in review time at Facebook, and Pope Francis donned the crown as the most-talked-about person or event globally, while Super Bowl XLVII took home the U.S. trophy, according to data released by the social network Monday.
UPDATED: For the first time since 2009, millions of Iranians were able to share their status updates on Facebook, for one day, anyway. The New York Times reported that Iran’s government restored its block on Facebook and Twitter Tuesday, blaming a temporary technical glitch for their brief availability in the country.
More politicians are using Facebook pages as a way to get their message across to voters. Robert Ford, the United States’ ambassador to Syria, used social media to deliver a stern warning to that country’s military.
Syria is reportedly in the process of lifting a five-year old ban on Facebook.
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.