Updated: After #flotilla is Twitter Censoring #KhaledSaid ?

9 Jul, 2010

Update:s end of the post.

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KhaledSaid the Egyptian 28 years old man has become a web icon for egyptians and many Arabs. His family said  that he was tortured to death by 2 Egyptian police officer in Egypt  “after he posted a video on the Internet of officers sharing the spoils from a drug bust among themselves.” “Police said that he died after choking on a package of marijuana that he had been attempting to conceal during his arrest.”

After massing around 183,355 fans on his page and organizing several silent  marches, Facebook has made his page a top suggestion for new users joining Facebook in Egypt and activist created a website to manage their online activism efforts.

Today, activists have launched a campaign on Twitter to trend his name as of 5 GMT inline with a call for silent marches across Egypt. Using

Twitter users were asked  via @elshaheeed account to tweet with hashtag #Khaledsaid in order to make his name a trending topic. Trending topics are the most discussed topics on Twitter and they show up to all Twitter web users and on many Twitter desktop and mobile apps.

#Khaledsaid hashtag has been showing strong tweets more than Cliff Lee a US football player who is trending now ( 6:40 Pm GMT). as this below graph shows but it did not trend, so did Twitter Censor it?

Last time during the attacks against  the aid ships heading to Gaza by the “Israeli” army #folitilla the did not trend even though the hashtage was being tweeted by thousands of users, Sean Garrett who handles communications for Twitter said it was a technical problem, however #freedomflotilla trended that day.
I just sent message to Garrett asking for an explanation but no reply until now.


Sean Garrett who handles communications for Twitter replied to us with ” we don’t censor”  and “The topic is not surfacing in the top 10 according to our algorithms. no censoring.”

Update 2: Sean also tweeted to us: “and, btw, we take charges of censorship very seriously. Twitter is about the free and open exchange of information.”

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  1. Ahmed Ali  |  July 9th, 2010 at 9:05 PM #

    also when i asked him about that link he said http://trendistic.com/khaledsaid/cliff-lee/_24-hours :
    whatever you are using to measure that is different that what we use internally.

  2. Ahmed Ali  |  July 9th, 2010 at 9:07 PM #

  3. zinga  |  July 9th, 2010 at 9:10 PM #

    absolutly no…
    you guys should be ashamed for saying this… that’s a disgrace for the name of Khaled Said. Let the man rest in peace…

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