[LINK] Vodafone: the government made us do it

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Fri Feb 4 19:56:18 AEDT 2011

What's the difference between this and Paypal, Visa and Mastercard blacklisting wikileaks?  The US government leads the way again.

On 2011/Feb/04, at 4:49 PM, David Boxall wrote:

> Old news, I know, but according to 
> <https://www.accessnow.org/page/s/vodafone-bloody-handsets>:
>> 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 
> <http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110203/ap_on_hi_te/eu_egypt_cell_phones>:
>> 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?

Phone companies have to obey the law don't they?  Just like credit card companies.

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