Egypt blocks Twitter

Micro-blogging site Twitter confirmed that its service had been blocked in Egypt.

Updated: Jan 27, 2011, 10:05 AM IST

San Francisco: Micro-blogging site Twitter confirmed Wednesday that its service had been blocked in Egypt, indicating a probable government crackdown on technology that could disseminate information about the widening anti-government demonstrations.
"We can confirm that Twitter was blocked in Egypt around 8 a.m. (Pacific Time, 1600 GMT) today," Twitter confirmed on the @twitterglobalpr feed. "It`s impacting both & applications. We believe that the open exchange of info & views benefits societies and helps governments better connect w/ their people."
According to, which tracks government attempts to block internet sites, Egyptian authorities appear to be taking action against other popular communications sites, too, such as Facebook, YouTube, and However it appears that such actions have been partially circumvented, because many users in Egypt still reported being able to access the sites, including by mobile telephones.