Social Media during the Egyptian Revolution: Egyptian Nationals at Home and Abroad
This article considers the significance of social media platforms during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution to two small groups of Egyptian nationals. Interviews were conducted with small groups of Egyptians living in the UK and Egyptians living at home. It establishes how these citizens used social media during the revolution and whether during the days of civil unrest they became citizen journalists by accessing and sharing information and video content with family and friends via digital media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. This research found that the sharing of online revolutionary content was dependent upon the level of trust with which the interviewees regarded its source. Significantly, interviewees in the UK were reluctant to share any content they received through social media platforms, and trusted only sources that they judged were ‘reliable’, while interviewees in Egypt shared content that was posted by fellow citizens regardless of whether or not they completely trusted the source.