Last Update 22:26
Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Facebook verifies accounts of Egyptian activists

Move stirs debate over whether future posts by activists and journalists will have legal consequences

Mariam Rizk , Wednesday 8 Apr 2015
Facebook
Facebook logo
Share/Bookmark
Views: 4905
Share/Bookmark
Views: 4905

Facebook has verified the accounts of several Egyptian activists, many with critical views of the government, posing questions about their legal accountability for future posts.

Those with recently verified accounts include journalists, researchers, bloggers and political activists.

Facebook started verifying accounts in May 2013, “to help people find the authentic accounts of celebrities and other high-profile people and businesses.”

According to Facebook, the small blue tick will only be put next to the names of prominent celebrities, journalists, government officials, popular brands and businesses with large audiences.

Socialist activist Wael Khalil, one of those who woke up on Wednesday to find their Facebook account had a blue tick, said the legal debate around it did not concern him.

“I deal with my Facebook posts as public statements that I stand by and take responsibility for,” said Khalil, who is also a software engineer.

He said the online authentication will not have much effect in Egypt’s “unstable legal environment.”

The list of those with new authentication signs include Mona Seif, the founder of the "No to Military Trials" movement and sister of jailed activists Alaa Abdel-Fattah and Sanaa Seif. Also verified is Egyptian-Palestinian poet and political scientist Tamim Al-Barghouti and political activist Mahinour El-Masry, who received a suspended sentence last year for illegal protesting.

Facebook decides on whom to verify. Settings on the most popular social media website state that users cannot request verification in the region including Egypt.

In recent months, police have arrested people who allegedly belong to the banned Muslim Brotherhood and use social media to promote violence and plan anti-government protests.

In 2011, a Facebook page called “We Are All Khaled Saied” gathered massive online support that spilled over into street protests and forced longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak to step down.

Khaled Saied was a young man tortured to death by police in Egypt’s second largest city of Alexandria in 2010.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
1



Alvin
09-04-2015 12:17pm
0-
0+
Facebook have been verifying many accounts
Nothing new or unusual - Facebook have been in the process of verifying accounts of many millions of people around the world as they state the names of individuals must be correctly mentioned.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.