Egypt's military on Facebook

Ekram Ibrahim, Saturday 19 Feb 2011

The Egyptian armed forces create a Facebook page to converse with youth of the 25 January revolution


Facebook is fast becoming the ultimate tool for communication in Egypt. After being a primary mobilization tool for the Egyptian 25 January revolution, it is not surprising that the Supreme Council of Armed Forces -- now running the country since the fall of former president Hosni Mubarak -- have created a Facebook page to communicate with Egyptian society during this transition period.

The Facebook page, created on, Thursday is dedicated to the Egyptians, the revolutionists and to the martyrs of the Egyptian revolution.  

In less than 48 hours, the page acquired 218,726 members and generated more than 30 thousand comments.

The Supreme Council of Armed Forces has posted four entries so far. In the first entry, “a message to the great Egyptian people,” the army stressed the right of Egyptians to protest peacefully and that Egypt is big enough to embrace all peaceful and progressive ideas. Most of the members commented with great respect and appreciation, comending the army on the role it has played. The first message got 10,370 "likes" in addition to 5,448 comments.

The second entry on the page was an announcement that the Supreme Council of Armed Forces would reply to all inquires of Egyptians within 24 hours. This entry received 13,937 "likes" and 10,974 comments.  

The third entry was similar to the second, namely a promise to reply to inquires in addition to thanking whoever contributes an idea to make Egypt a better place. Users became more active in their response to this message with 10,725 "likes" and 13,403 comments.

Members and users called for the prosecution of former interior minster Habib El-Adly and other police officers. Others were called for the resignation of the current government and freeing political detainees.

Today the Supreme Council of Armed Forces posted its most recent entry, announcing that no harm would come to Major Ahmed Shouman, who joined the protesters during the revolution. The major was due to face disciplinary procedures, but received a pardon from the army.


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