Twitter Blocked in Egypt in Response to Anti-Government Demonstrators

The Los Angeles Times reports that Twitter was blocked in Egypt on Tuesday as thousands of government protestors clashed with police. According to the article, Twitter confirmed in a message from its PR account that its micro-blogging site was unavailable to members in Egypt.

Inspired by the uprising in Tunisia, protestors in Egypt rallied together on Tuesday to demand the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s reign. In response to the protestors, riot police blasted the demonstrators with water cannons, clouds of tear gas and tried to clear the area with batons.

Although demonstrators were able to utilize Twitter in Egypt through third-party applications on computers and cell phones, eventually even those were shut down, according to TechCrunch. A recent update on TechCrunch reports that the only way to Tweet in Egypt is by using Web proxies.

Both Twitter and Facebook were used to organize the event. The Facebook group We Are All Khaled said that the police are also firing rubber bullets. The same group is organizing another protest in San Francisco at 5:00 p.m. on January 26.

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