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[liberationtech] Revealed: Seven years later, how Facebook shuts down free speech in Egypt | Middle East Eye

aryt alasti aryt.alasti at
Sun Jan 28 03:35:46 PST 2018

True though all of that is, if tens of thousands of people are relying on
Facebook for their connectivity to activism and dissident viewpoints, then
pressure should be put on Facebook to cease with its blatantly suppressive


On Jan 28, 2018 4:59 AM, "Thomas Delrue" <thomas at> wrote:

> On 01/28/2018 01:05 AM, aryt alasti wrote:
> > I didn't realize to what extent activists in the Middle East are relying
> on
> > Facebook.
> >
> >
> speech-egypt-activist-social-media-april-6th-mubarak-1685366161
> There are many parallels to be drawn between the content in the article
> you link to and some stories that I've heard of people who've been in an
> abusive relationship. I'm not saying these two are equivalent... I'm
> just saying that there's many parallels.
> On the subject of the usage of social networks in social activism, which
> the linked article is really about: very relevant content was posted
> years ago on LibTech which, I think, should serve as a lighthouse for
> anyone wanting to organize in any serious fashion, warning them that
> there are jagged rocks and danger ahead.
> For those around back then, I recommend a re-read of, and for those new,
> an initial read of the thread titled "when you are using Tor, Twitter
> will blocked your acc[ount]"
> You will find the initial message of the thread here (do go through the
> thread in full, the initial message is just the kick-off):
> June/013791.html
> And the incredibly germane content I refer to in regards to this
> particular issue is right here:
> June/013878.html
> And now for my usual rant against FB and the like:
> People need to grow up and realize that things like FB, Twitter and
> other social networks & centralized services are not working in their
> favor. They are doing a disservice to themselves, to their goals and to
> others by using these surveillance & manipulation platforms; by using
> these platforms, they cause damage to other individuals who they suck
> into these platforms.
> Facebook isn't there to 'connect us', Google isn't there to 'help you
> find things on the Internet'; they (and others) are there to sell you
> ads, extract revenue from you and to keep you docile so you can be shown
> more ads and so that more revenue can be extracted from you. If that
> means that anything that is bad for business is swept under the rug,
> removed, blocked... if that means cozying up to the current Power of the
> Day that provides them with access to this "set of eyeballs" but has a
> tendency to crush dissent... well so be it.
> Anyone who does not realize this yet continues to use facebook & their
> ilk is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world,
> meaning no harm... (if you'll forgive the re-purposing of that quote)
> I'll leave it at this for the moment...
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