A Comparative Analysis of Social Media Platforms and the Effects of the Internet Cut-Off for Egypt's Social Transformation Movements

Edward Bernroider, G. Harindranath, Sherif Kamel

Publikation: Beitrag in Buch/KonferenzbandBeitrag in Konferenzband


Social media have been implicated in the recent social movements in much of the Arab world. This study examines the use of social media (SM) platforms, namely Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, in the movements that took place in Egypt during 2011-2013. In particular, we explore the relative usefulness of SM affordances for each platform and relate to affordances that were reported to be significant during Egypt’s social transformation movement in a previous study. We also investigate usage levels for each platform over the period of our study and examine how SM users perceived the effects of the Internet cut-off, which blocked access to these platforms for several days at a critical point in the movement. We do so using a survey of university students, who formed a significant group in Egypt’s social movements.
Titel des SammelwerksProceedings of the International Conference on Information Resources Management (Conf-IRM)
Herausgeber*innen Conf-IRM
ErscheinungsortCape Town, South Africa
VerlagAIS Association for Information Systems
Seiten1 - 12
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2016

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