Social Media in Arab Spring

Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and other social media websites were the driving force in Arab Spring. “Arab Spring” translated to Arab revolutions in Arabic, were series of protests and demonstrations against dictatorship, absolute monarchy, human rights violations, and government corruption (SOURCE). Protests around the Middle East were sparked by posts, photos and updates on popular social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Pro-government officials responded to these protests violently

These violent attacks led by supporters of the government sparked more drive, anger, and inspiration in protesters to strive for change. One by one totalitarian governments began to fall and the goal of the young protesters was in sight . Government corruption, inequality, censorship, and mass unemployment in the younger, educated, generation were prevalent in Tunisia (#2). The protests in the country were inspired around Mohamed Bouazizi (#2). Bouazizi was a young, well educated, man, who was the sole provider for his family of seven (#1). Due to the absence of his vendors permit, police took his cart, and slapped him

Fed up with public humiliation, government corruption and his unemployment, Bouazizi lit himself on fire in front of a government building in protest . That day in December 2010, protests broke out, and were documented and shared online (ONE). The protesters relied on Facebook and Twitter to share updates of each demonstration Also calls and the organization of the next protest would be announced on those websites (TWO). In only a month’s time, President Zine El Abidine Ben fled the countr. Soon the actions of the Tunisians and Mohamed Bouazizi snowballed into one, unified protest for change all over the Middle

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