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Egypt, Citing Security, Wants Foreign Companies To Help Monitor Social Media

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June 02, 2014 AT 6:03 AM
Egyptian officials said on Monday that the interior ministry has asked foreign technology firms to help it monitor social media websites to prevent crime and track down terrorists, another sign that the government intends to stifle all forms of dissent. The plan was announced days after former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the man who toppled Egypt's first freely-elected leader, won a landslide victory in a presidential election, according to provisional results. Critics of the government say human rights abuses have increased since Sisi ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last year after mass protests against his rule.