Social Media and online communication played a large role in exposing police misconduct in Egypt. Khaled Said became the face of a movement after his death resulted in the creation of a Facebook page that exposes police brutality through the use of videos. Khaled was beat to death in a residential building by plainclothes officers because he had taken and published a video of other police officers using explicit drugs.
After the brutal murder of Said, the Facebook page grew exponentially. It gained over 130,000 ‘likes’ so that news of the political corruption could be shared nationally. Then, the rebellion against Egypt’s government came to its crescendo, with protestors carrying signs with Said’s face on them and shouting their discontent.
Online political activism was the main tactic for Egyptian protestors. YouTube and the Facebook Page gained a great following and videos of corruption surfaced. The success of the Egyptian rebellion is largely due to the influence of Independent Media. Citizens took to the streets, armed with their cell phones, to expose the police brutality aimed at the country’s youth. Citizens took advantage of the Internet to organize their protests and mobilize as one movement. Without Social Media, news of the corruption may not have spread as rapidly, which could have delayed action.
The Egyptian Revolution took advantage of its resources to expose government wrongdoings. Without access to Independent Media, like social media pages, it is likely that the overthrowing of the government would not have occurred. The revolution in Egypt exemplifies the importance of citizen engagement through online political activism in an attempt to expose and eradicate political corruption.