[LINK] Vodaphone: the dictator made us do it

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Fri Feb 4 16:49:11 AEDT 2011

Old news, I know, but according to 
> After shutting off its entire Egyptian internet connection for 5 whole days, Vodafone (part owners of Verizon!) then sent its 28 million Egyptian mobile customers a pro-dictator text message calling on "every honest citizen to preserve this country as the nation is forever." So, they first shut off the communications for democracy movement; then they became the propaganda machine for the dictator.

But of course 
> Egyptian authorities forced Vodafone to broadcast pro-government text messages during the protests that have rocked the country, the U.K.-based mobile company said Thursday.

They were between a rock and a hard place, but couldn't they have said no?

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