Twitter still blocked in Egypt

Facebook may also have been blocked as protests against President Mubarak continue

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Twitter still blocked in Egypt Twitter has been blocked in Egypt following countrywide protests against President Mubarak. Tweeters are currently able to access Twitter via third party applications. (Getty Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  January 26, 2011

Twitter has confirmed that its service was blocked across Egypt on Tuesday as the country was overtaken by protests demanding the end to President Hosni Mubarak's rule.

"We can confirm that Twitter was blocked in Egypt around 8am PT today. It is impacting both Twitter.com & applications," Twitter tweeted.

Twitter users within Egypt have been sending tweets via SMS text messages and through third-party applications Harvard University's Herdict Web monitoring service told Reuters on Tuesday.

"We believe that the open exchange of information and views benefits societies and helps governments better connect with their people," Twitter added.

Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to protest Mubarak's 30 year rule, according to reports, at least three people were killed in the protests and fighting that took place.

The Egyptian opposition has called for a second day of protests today and Twitter users have confirmed that the service remains blocked across the country. Dozens of tweets with third-party sites that people in Egypt can tweet though are being posted every minute on Twitter.

Recent reports indicate that Facebook has also been blocked across Egypt with many angry tweeters expressing their disgust.

One tweeter posted: "Does #Mubarak think blocking #Facebook #Twitter will block people's rage against him? #Jan25 #Egypt."

There are also reports that activists' cell phones are being cut off, this is as yet unconfirmed.

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