Having already written lengthily about the Arab Spring, along with I assume any and every Media & Comms student worldwide, I’ll spare you that rundown (UPDATE: 18/10/16 No I won’t, here’s a link to said piece). What is perhaps more interesting, is what the social media landscape in, say, Egypt is like today. According to this article, things aren’t all peachy yet.
The current government hasn’t kept ‘the promise of the uprising’ sincerely, as dissident reporters and commentators are kept under a watchful eye. They have managed to strong-arm service providers into killing their connections, or even disclosing personal information about that individual. The BBC corroborates this fear, stating that media freedom campaigners make it clear that the ‘successive governments have been intent on controlling the media and have not hesitated to clamp down on journalists.’