With Twitter Blocked, Egypt's Protesters Turning to Facebook
At this point, Twitter's site and mobile platform are both inaccessible within Egypt, as are third-party Twitter clients. But a source told Tech Crunch that some users have circumvented the blackout by using Web proxies. There hasn't been any confirmation of government involvement in the ban, but, as this Herdict Report confirms, the service is clearly inaccessible to many within the country. Vodafone Egypt, for its part, insists that it had nothing to do with the incident, which the mobile provider attributes to saturated networks.
Egyptian protesters are still using Facebook to disseminate news and organize demonstrations. A group called 'We Are All Khaled Said' is posting regular updates (both confirmed and unconfirmed) on what's happening on the ground in Egypt. A recent post reads, "Mobile phone networks are being taken off completely. Very very limited network coverage in Cairo now." Another confirms that Anonymous has already launched 'Operation Egypt,' after having launched a series of retaliatory cyber attacks in Tunisia earlier this month. Even without Twitter, then, it appears that Egyptians will find a way to broadcast their struggle to the world -- and we'll have a window through which to watch it unfold.