Amid the euphoria of the historic day in Egypt, it was, perhaps, a defining moment. On CNN, Wolf Blitzer was interviewing an elated Wael Ghonim, the Google executive and demonstration leader whose arrest and captivity galvanized the uprising. Blitzer asked, “first Tunisia, now Egypt, what’s next?” Ghonim said “ask Facebook.”
The demonstrations that began on January 25 were fueled by social media, and Ghonim said “I want to meet Mark Zuckerberg one day and thank him, actually.”
Ghonim added, “this revolution started online. This revolution started on Facebook.” Ghonim said without social media–supporters sharing videos and messages on their Facebook walls–the revolution in Egypt could never have moved so fast. “I always said, if you want to liberate a society, just give them the internet.”
Ghonim told Blitzer it was the empowering nature of the internet and social media that gave protesters the ability to overcome the Egyptian government’s ability to control the media, which he says worked effectively for decades. Ghonim says he will write a book about it all, called Revolution 2.0.
Watch it here, from CNN:
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