Egypt plans new controls on social media
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Egypt plans new controls on social media

The Egyptian government is considering radical new proposals to restrict citizens' access to social media. A draft bill circulated in Egyptian newspapers would require users to register with the government to access sites including Twitter and Facebook. Successful applicants would receive a login linked to their national ID. Unauthorized use could result in prison sentences and heavy fines. This initiative represents the latest attempt to crack down on social media in Egypt since the 2011 revolution. The overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak was dubbed the "Facebook revolution" due to organizers' use of the social network. Twitter and Facebook were shut down during the uprising.


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