[LINK] Vodafone: the dictator made us do it

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Mon Feb 7 15:29:14 AEDT 2011

On 7/02/2011 12:37 PM, Birch, Jim wrote:
> Kim Holburn wrote:
>> We simply don't know what pressure was put on by the government or the
> situation.
> It's more embarrassing than anything else.  The phone company will
> presumably want to be around when the President is gone.
> ...
Let's see:-
* Vodafone cuts services. Nothing unusual there, so did every other 
provider in Egypt, as far as I know;
* Vodafone sends pro-regime text message to all subscribers. I've heard 
no reports that any other provider did the same;
* In response to protests, Vodafone asserts that they were directed to 
send the texts. I've heard no reports that any other provider received 
similar direction;
* Vodafone now says that the government co-opted their network to send 
the texts <http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/303365>. I've heard no 
reports of them doing the same to other networks.

Embarrassing doesn't quite cut it.

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