Influence of Social Media using Facebook and Twitter in the Middle East

Posted on June 10, 2013

Facebook and Twitter have enabled users’ awareness on issues they feel strongly about.
Aggregated opinions over many users is a predictor for an interesting trend in a community.

Young people armed with little more than laptops and mobile phones can help amplify popular voices for freedom and justice.

Social media helps angry people achieve shared awareness about how many other people are angry and helps those people take action.

There are four questions to think of at that point:

1. Has social media changed the way we experience events?

2. What makes Facebook and Twitter so powerful and how does it lead to political change?

3. Are authoritarian governments in the Middle East threatened by Facebook and Twitter?

4. Do Internet shutdowns encourage or discourage civilians to use Facebook and Twitter?