Thursday, February 03, 2011

Egypt ordered mobile phone companies to text pro-Mubarak messages

From Al Masry al-Youm:
In a press statement, international mobile operator Vodafone said that Egyptian authorities have ordered the network to send pro-government messages.

“Under the emergency powers provisions of the Telecoms Act, Egyptian authorities can instruct the mobile networks of Mobinil, Etisalat and Vodafone to send messages to the people of Egypt,” read the message posted on Vodafone’s website on 3 February.

According to the statement, the mobile network operators have no influence in the content or working of the messages.

“Vodafone Group protested to the authorities that the current situation regarding these messages is unacceptable. We have made clear that all messages should be transparent and clearly attributable to the originator,” read the statement.

Messages sent via Vodafone networks include a call to a protest on Wednesday in Mostafa Mahmoud square to support President Hosni Mubarak.
The funny part is that everyone is trying to use social media to frame what's going on to their advantage - but some do it more skillfully than others.

Even so, too many people are mindlessly believing everything they read on Twitter.