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The Failed Silence
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak took a drastic step before his ouster: He tried to shut down his country’s Internet. In an effort to silence critics, the Mubarak government took major Internet service providers off-line. Data scientist Kovas Boguta created this graphic to show how the cutoff and eventual restoration affected Twitter users in the Middle East. Twitter is a social media service through which brief messages can be relayed to thousands at once. Boguta’s sample consists of a selection of Mideast Twitter users who included the keywords (called hashtags) #Jan25 and #Tahrir in messages.
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SOURCES: HOOTSUITE; KOVAS BOGUTA