Saturday, January 29, 2011

Twitter Phobia


On June 2009, millions of people in Iran used Twitter micro-blog to communicate, coordinate and document their protest against the result of presidential election in their country which they alleged has been unfair.

Last Tuesday, the government of Egypt has banned Twitter because they alleged that the micro-blog has been used by millions of people in that country to communicate, coordinate and document their protest against the 30-years old authoritarian government of President Hosni Mubarak.  

And last Thursday, our Minister of Defense Purnomo told reporters that Twitter has the potential to be a non military threat to our national security.

The above shows that Twitter, which has enabled hundreds of millions of people around the world to enjoy communicating easily with each other, is considered by regimes and top officials in some countries as a threat to their authority.

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23 comments:

triesti said...

does it mean we will have the same treatment as in Egypt next time there's unrest?

Anti Vigilante said...

step back a bit

there is nothing in this uprising that is at all a populist action

although El Baradei who is supposedly running the "revolution" helped Iran during his work at the IAEA on the subject of Iran's nuclear non-weapons program

he is also an operative of the Soros/Brzezinski circles

replacing an old burnt out a leader with a fresh faux left Wall Street thug seems like a misguided effort

you want a revolution? pick a man amongst you who has no ties to crack (credit, derivatives, hookers) dealers

Kira Permunian said...

At some points, Twitter can truly be used for bad purposes. But for me, Twitter is very helpful. Banning it will just make it worst. There are lots of social media sites out there as an alternative to Twitter. I think a good talks with the Twitter admins is helpful - asking them to regulates Tweets from there places.

H. Nizam said...

@Triesti,
I am not sure about our country. Although we have been independent for more than 65 years, but we have only enjoyed 'real freedom' for around 12 years.
Under extraordinary circumstances a government may legally declare state of emergency incl. banning Twitter, FB etc.
Considering the poverty,injustice, corruption in our country, there is no guarantee that such circumstances would not occur.

@Anti Vigilante,
You may be right about what's happening in Egypt. But my point is that regimes in some countries do not regard Twitter the same way as their people.
And I believe not only regimes in Iran, Egypt, and ministers in Indonesia felt that way, but also those in other countries like Burma, Cuba, North Korea, China, Vietnam, or even Singapore and Malaysia (with their internal security acts).

@Kira Pemurnian,
You are right, banning Twitter will only make things worst considering that there other alternatives.
I also agree that we should make a deal with Twitter's admin, like what my country did with Blackberry management.

Wisata Murah said...

hehehe new developments in media twet twet

we must be good at addressing the

H. Nizam said...

Wisata Murah,
Yeah, Twitter is one of the hottest issue today.

colson said...

It's amazing some authorities are afraid of the social media. It's quite amusing.

Without a pre-existing revolutionary situation, no regime will be chased away by twittering people. Once such a situation exists FB and twitter may indeed facilitate the mobilization of people though. But ( for instance) the implosion of the Soviet empire proves it also can be done without modern social media.

H. Nizam said...

Hi Colson,
You are right, history told us that revolutions happen although there is no Twitter of FB. 'Destruction' of the Soviet Union and socio-political changes in Indonesia were very clear examples.

Furree Katt said...

what a joke! the government should worry about something other than opinions of people on a social networking website.

H. Nizam said...

Furree Katt,
You are right, those regimes ought to pay more attention to more important issues.

Berpikir positif said...

EGYPT GOVERNMENT has to close access of internet otomatically the people in mesir can't use twitter now

Jolly Princess said...

Twitter gets a lot of publicity, huh? That is cool.. hmmm I guess so. ^_^

dee said...

it's also could happen in our country, but unfortunately so much protest will not make a big impact to the government. It is what happened in Indonesia..

H. Nizam said...

@Berpikir Positif,
Yes, the Egyptian government has shut down internet network and mobile phone communication. But the protests doesn't stop.

@JP,
Yes Twitter is getting very popular for the important roles it played in some countries.

@Deasy,
On May 1998 we have similar crisis situation as in Egypt and there is no guarantee that it would not happen again in the future.

TUKANG CoLoNG said...

pemerintah yg paranoid

Bear Wife said...

Trying to shut people's mouths aren't they ? History has shown
time and again that you can shut
someone's mouth, but you can never
stop someone's voice.

They can shut down all the
Twitters and internets they
want. You won't stop the
people from talking

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H. Nizam said...

@TUKANG CoLoNG,
Mungkin kata paranoid lebih tepat untuk menggambarkan ketakutan terhadap Twitter yang melanda pejabat pemerintah.

@Bear Wife,
History has told us that before Twitter, FB and the internet was found, voices of the people cannot be shut down and authoritarian governments toppled.
So like you said they can never shut down voices.

Berpikir Positif said...

kalau nggak salah kenapa mesti takut ya

julicavero said...

social network like twitter can be overthrown the government?is that true?

H. Nizam said...

@Ber[ikir Positif,
Tepat sekali pertanyaan anda, kalau tidak salah kenapa harus takut.

@Julicavero,
Actually social networking media like Twitter can help the government monitor what the people talk about, how they feel and think about living conditions, about govt officials, what are their needs etc. That way the government can improve performance and make people like them.

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At This Time Twitter is the most popular Social Networking site. It is very helpful to communicate with people all over the world. People can share on-line messages, videos and many more things.

H. Nizam said...

Bespoke,
Yes I fully agree with you. Thanks