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Mark Zuckerberg Photo: Reuters
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Facebook founder downplays its role in Arab revolt

Mark Zuckerberg says wave of protests in Arab world could have been organized on any other website

Associated Press
Published: 05.25.11, 22:20 / Israel News

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has downplayed the importance of the social networking website for the popular revolutions that toppled presidents in Egypt and Tunisia.


Zuckerberg said that the wave of protests against autocratic governments sweeping through the Arab world could have been organized using other websites.

Egyptian opposition Facebook post (Screenshot)


"It would be extremely arrogant for any specific technology company to claim any meaningful role," he said. 


Zuckerberg also told a meeting on Internet governance in Paris on Wednesday that he considers online anonymity very valuable.


But he says Facebook will continue to require users to sign up with their real names. He also has no immediate plans to open the service to children under 13.




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