Robert Gibbs: Egypt Must Restore Social Networking and Internet
Other members of the Obama administration have echoed Gibbs' statement. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley tweeted, "We are concerned that communication services, including the Internet, social media and even this #tweet, are being blocked in #Egypt." Alec Ross, an adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, tweeted, "We urge #Egypt govt not to prevent peaceful protests or block communications including social media sites #netfreedom #Jan25."
UPDATE: Moments ago, Secretary Clinton said in a briefing that the Egyptian government must "reverse the unprecedented steps it has taken to cut off communication."
Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has also released a statement, in which he said, "I call on the Egyptian government and security forces to exercise restraint in dealing with protesters and to respect the human rights of its citizens to seek greater participation in their own government. The Egyptian government also should immediately restore communications and access to social networking sites."