Google using YouTube to highlight Egyptian protest footage

By on February 1, 2011, 4:15 PM
YouTube has been highlighting Egyptian protest footage for days, but Google has now outlined the ways it is making sure the world knows what's going on in the unstable country. In addition to developing a "speak-to-tweet" service that lets anyone send messages over Twitter without an Internet connection, the search giant is helping those in Egypt fight the good fight in three ways:
  • Highlighting the latest footage on CitizenTube, the company's news and politics channel, and inviting people to submit video they've come across.
  • Pointing our users directly to these videos through banners at the top of YouTube pages, and through links alongside YouTube videos.
  • Streaming live coverage of Al Jazeera's broadcasts about the unfolding events, on both their Arabic and English YouTube channels.

More than 140 people have died since demonstrations began last Tuesday, most in clashes between protesters and police. On Monday, the Egyptian army announced it would not take action against demonstrators. Today, President Hosni Mubarak announced he would not run in the next election, though he said that was his plan all along. He still expects to remain in power until then.

The Egyptian government is trying to kill all media coverage of the huge protests challenging Mubarak's three decade long rule. The Internet blackout in Egypt began last week: first Twitter was blocked, then Facebook stopped working, and finally the Internet was cut off. Despite all this, the news is still getting out.





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gobbybobby said:

Google Vs Egyptian Government. A real shame Historic Parts of Egypt have been trashed and irreplaceable artifacts destroyed.

Guest said:

what are historical artifacts worth when people are starving to death and can't pay their rent? now you see why those are artifacts...you who value material things over life will see them destroyed.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

what are historical artifacts worth when people are starving to death and can't pay their rent? now you see why those are artifacts...you who value material things over life will see them destroyed.
Blah, blah, blah, you who think the Egyptian people are going to be able to pay their rent when this is over, are going to be unpleasantly surprised.

Or as the "Who's" Peter Townshend put it, "meet the new boss, same as the old boss"!

(Ironically, that quote is from a song titled, "Won't get Fooled Again" . Hnmmm...

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

what are historical artifacts worth when people are starving to death and can't pay their rent? now you see why those are artifacts...you who value material things over life will see them destroyed.

Captaincranky said:

........

Blah, blah, blah,

could not not have said it better.

@ guest:

yeah okay, Whats that your typing these great prophetic words of wisdom on?

Your unbearable lightness of being?

Shouldn't you be meditating for higher enlightenment in abject poverty and not communing with the materialistic techies?

.you who value material things over life will see them destroyed.

I know right! one way or another...you always end up needing a replacement motherboard for your emachine don't ya?

Guest said:

Such a great video,it made me cry.

Hats off to egyptians.

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