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Breakfast Debate: Did social media limit violence in Egypt’s revolution?

February 11, 2011

egyptballoontank Breakfast Debate: Did social media limit violence in Egypt’s revolution?

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This morning, Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman announced the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak after weeks of massive public demonstrations in Cairo demanding that Mubarak vacate his post for mismanaging the country’s finances.

Though dozens were killed in the early days of the protests, Egypt’s transition to a new government is remarkable in that only a handful of protesters appear to have turned violent, instead opting to build support for their cause via social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

In fact, the casualties that did occur coincided mostly with the administration’s initial attempts to clamp down on the protesters’ message by blacking out internet access across much of the country. So that begs this morning’s breakfast debate:

Did social media limit violence in Egypt’s revolution?

Let us know what you think.

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