Facilitating the Egyptian Uprising: A Case Study of Facebook and Egypt’s April 6th Youth Movement

Mariam F. Alkazemi (University of Florida, USA), Brian J. Bowe (Michigan State University, USA) and Robin Blom (Michigan State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 282
EISBN13: 9781466641112|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2515-0.ch010
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Abstract

It has been suggested that social media offers important organizing tools for activists in countries where free expression is curtailed and news outlets are handcuffed by government censorship. The 2011 revolution in Egypt offers an opportunity to examine the extent to which social media fulfills the role that free journalism plays in more democratic societies. By analyzing messages posted in Arabic by activists from one of the largest Egyptian opposition groups, this study attempts to see what role Facebook played in the revolution. This chapter aims to fill a gap in scholarly understanding of the event while simultaneously contributing to the understanding of the importance of social media tools for activists and organizers. The results show that the organizers used Facebook largely to communicate a mixture of expressions of national pride, news events, and calls for mobilization on the ground to support their revolutionary efforts.
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