The Role of Social Media Platforms in the Arab Spring

The Role of Social Media Platforms in the Arab Spring

In the early years of the Arab Spring, social media played a role in organizing and coordinating protests. However, as time passed, the role of social media changed. This was due to the nature of the leader, time, and several other factors.

The first revolutions, in Tunisia and Egypt, were relatively non-violent. In Egypt, however, the government attempted to use live television coverage of the protests as a way of informing the public about the situation. This strategy was not successful in preventing mass violence. It also did not stop the spread of misinformation.

Social media became a crucial tool for the organization and coordination of the Egyptian and Tunisian protests. Almost everyone in these countries had access to a mobile phone. As a result, people were able to share information about the protests and participate in rallies. People were able to connect with people in other countries, allowing the revolution to spread across borders.

Social media also allowed activists to communicate with one another, bypassing government restrictions. This allowed them to express concerns about unjust acts of the government and bring issues to the forefront of national conversation. These efforts led to the ouster of dictators.

Social networks also helped bring the message of the revolution to the West. In the days leading up to the revolution, there were a variety of inspiring stories of protests that spread across borders. A number of video clips went viral. Seeing these stories, people in other countries realized that they are not alone. They also knew that they can take action to make their country better.

After the fall of President Mubarak, tweets about political change began to increase. During the week before the resignation, the number of tweets increased from 2,300 a day to 230,000 a day. By the time the revolution ended, the total number of tweets had reached 2.3 million. Although the numbers seem to be small, they do provide a clear example of democratic conversations taking place online during a revolution.

Social media platforms continue to play a large role in revolutions in the Middle East. However, Big Tech corporations have turned into powerful enablers of censorship, incitement of political violence, and disinformation. Consequently, the Internet has become a dangerous space. Several campaigns have been launched by digital rights activists, calling on these companies to change their policies. But Big Tech has shown little interest in implementing such reforms.

However, despite their lack of engagement, social media giants have seized the opportunity to brand themselves as a platform for political activism. In fact, the most important thing about Twitter is that it provides a window into the digital world.

Although the use of social media did not cause the Arab Spring, it played an important role in the uprisings. In a few cases, it actually made the revolutions more powerful. For example, videos of protests swept the internet and were widely distributed. Also, the blackout of the internet in the Arab world from January 8th to February 2nd 2011 allowed people to physically participate in the revolution.