CAIRO: Attorny General Hisham Barakat ordered investigation over two admins on the Popular Resistance Movement’s Facebook pages Thursday over suspicion of violent extremism, Youm7 reported.
The Popular Resistance Movement is a social networking website created to support the first anniversary of the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Squares sit-ins. It urged its followers online to commit acts of violence against the police and target state institutions.
The two Facebook admins were arrested Thursday evening by the Ministry of Interior general directorate for information and documentation and Qalyubia Security Directorate. The defandants were accused of moderating Facebook pages that incite violence against the police, publishing police member’s private information, sharing posts inciting to disrupt public security, and calls to stage protests.
Mohamed Hassan, 42, is a teacher who has proven to be one of the Facebook admins and was arrested in possession of a laptop, Youm7 reported. He pleaded guilty to all charges against him and claimed that he and his brother are the only two admins responsible for the page contents.
Egypt’s interior Ministry previously launched a crackdown on social networking websites to find pages that incite others to particular acts of violence and to publish private information about police officers to be targeted. The ministry was monitoring social social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter to track bomb makers and to prevent “terrorist” attacks, assistant Interior Minister for Media Affairs Abdel Fatah Othman told Bekhtesar talk show in June.
“The ministry’s watching system does not violate any individual’s privacy. It does not to break the law and we respect the citizens’ rights of knowledge,” Othman said. “The ministry only searched for those who could threaten citizens. We searched for specific words and terminology online, such as ‘explosives,’ to see how many people used this expression and see if they were suspicious.”
Social media users reacted angrily on Facebook and Twitter following Othman’s announcement and created a hashtag #WeAreBeingWatched to mock the ministry tracking online social media.
@MahmoudAfifiii tweeted: Good morning, watchdogs; I woke up #WeAreBeingWatched.
@M7rusa tweeted: Mona, make tea for the watchdogs #WeAreBeingWatched.