Over the past week it’s been hard to ignore what’s going on in Egypt. All you have to do is turn on the television or radio, open a newspaper, visit your favorite online news site, or simply open an ear to hear what people are talking about on the streets around you and one thing is clear – Egypt is on everyone’s minds right now.
Everyone is talking about the Egyptian Internet blackout, the blocking of Facebook and Twitter and the subsequent launch of Google and Twitter’s Speak-to-Tweet technology. But while everyone focuses on Facebook and Twitter, protesters are taking to YouTube as well.
On the YouTube blog, Olivia Ma of YouTube News and Politics writes, “On YouTube, thousands of videos of the protest have poured in, whether as unfiltered footage from the demonstrations themselves, or as news reports from our media partners around the globe.” Without Internet access, of course it’s been difficult for protesters in Egypt to upload videos to YouTube. However, there is footage from before the Internet blackout, news footage and reactions from people all over the world, speaking their mind about what’s going on in Egypt. Even Juju, an 8-year old Saudi girl, speaks her mind about the conflict on YouTube:
There are also a lot of videos from the scene of the protests, which include interviews with protesters, footage of protesters on the streets and more. Check out a couple of the videos below, and if you want to see more, click here to check out a playlist that CitizenTube put together.
YouTube says they are doing their best to facilitate the spread of news and information on the Egyptian front. In the blog post, Ma writes that, “We understand how closely the world is following these events, and want to help people access and share this information quickly and easily on YouTube.” They are helping out by highlighting the latest footage on their news and politics outlet CitizenTube; promoting these videos on banners across YouTube; and streaming live coverage of Al Jazeera’s broadcasts. You can watch the English Al Jazeera stream here and the Arabic stream here.
Have you been following the Egyptian protest on YouTube? What’s your take on the way events are unfolding in Egypt and the part social media has played?