13 Jul '11, 2am

Egypt uprising not driven by social media: Expert

Egypt uprising not driven by social media: Expert

The uprising was very organic, noted Dr Hellyer. The gathering at Cairo's Tahrir Square (above) had in fact no appointed leaders who spoke on behalf of the activists, he said. -- PHOTO: AP THE January uprising in Egypt was not a social media revolution; it relied more on grassroots activism and word of mouth, says a Middle East expert. Dr H.A. Hellyer, a fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at Britain's University of Warwick, refuted Western media reports which emphasised the role of social networking tools. Several news agencies had run reports on how tools like Twitter and Facebook were used to coordinate the uprising, which eventually toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak's government. But Dr Hellyer, who was in Egypt when the uprising occurred, said social media mobilised only 'a very small section' of protesters and the uprising was mostly driven b...

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