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Facebook, Twitter blocked in Egypt

A website that monitors Internet traffic was receiving reports today that Facebook was inaccessible in Egypt, a day after Twitter was blocked amid anti-government unrest.

world Updated: Jan 26, 2011 21:13 IST

A website that monitors Internet traffic was receiving reports on Wednesday that Facebook was inaccessible in Egypt, a day after Twitter was blocked amid anti-government unrest.

A Facebook spokesman, asked about the status of the social network in Egypt, referred AFP to Herdict.org, a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. The Herdict.org website listed two reports of www.Facebook.com being inaccessible in Egypt.

There was no immediate reply from Herdict.org to a request for further information about the status of Facebook in Egypt, where thousands of demonstrators have staged protests against President Hosni Mubarak.

Twitter confirmed late on Tuesday that its website had been blocked in Egypt, in an apparent move to thwart protesters using the social network in the campaign against Mubarak. "We believe that the open exchange of information and views benefits societies and helps governments connect with their people," Twitter said in a message at @twitterglobalPR.

Twitter and Facebook were among Internet social networking services reportedly being used by protesters to share information and coordinate activities.

Swedish live video streaming site Bambuser said on Wednesday that its service had been blocked in Egypt since Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets across Egypt on Tuesday, in face of a massive police presence to demand the ouster of Mubarak in protests inspired by Tunisia's popular uprising. Egyptian security was out in force on Wednesday after activists called more street protests.