Facebook: So You Say You Want a Tunisian Revolution


Twitter may have helped mobilize the Iranian protests against a bogus election, but, as it turns out, Facebook played more of a role in spreading dissent that helped lead to dictator Ben Ali’s fall from power. Facebook was the medium of choice for Tunisians sharing up-to-the minute videos of crackdowns against insurgents in the streets, and the network’s security team came up with a way to stop aggressive hacking to steal users’ passwords and feed them up to Ben Ali’s regime. Zuckerberg’s really trying to live up to that Person of the Year title, huh? [Atlantic]