Since 2010, Facebook has been the worst nightmare for almost every dictator in the Arab world. The former dictator of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, the former dictator of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and former dictator of Tunisia, Zine El Abidene Ben Ali, can credit Facebook and Twitter for helping them lose their power. Mubarak and Gaddafi had served as rulers of their respective countries for over thirty years.
Prior to 2010 Facebook and Twitter have only been open to the general public for about three years. Yet, the democratic and free speech nature of these social networks have changed the entire political climate of the Arab world. With the exception of Israel, the citizens of the Middle-East and North Africa were not allowed access to free speech. Through Facebook and Twitter, angry citizens expressed their thoughts online which led them to gather, unite and take their outrage to the streets spurring more angry citizens of Egypt and Libya to overthrow their governments in the same way the Shah was overthrown in Iran during the 1970s.
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