26 Jan '11, 8am

Twitter blocked in Egypt amid unrest

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter confirmed late Tuesday that its website was blocked in Egypt, in an apparent move to thwart protesters using the social network in a campaign to oust President Hosni Mubarak. The US-based microblogging service that allows people to use mobile phones and computers to broadcast short text messages was out of service in Egypt, according to the herdict.org tracking website. Twitter said in a terse "tweet" that it was blocked in Egypt starting about 1600 GMT and that the interruption had derailed Twitter.com as well as applications linked to the service there. "We believe that the open exchange of information and views benefits societies and helps governments connect with their people," Twitter representatives said in follow-up message. Herdict.org, a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, said it had received a "handf...

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