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03/10/2012

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BIGGER AND BETTERVERSED!

David Kirkpatrick

Interesting that in the blog post you link to here about Zuckerberg's comments in 2008 at SXSW you ridicule him and others for suggesting that Facebook could get a blogger in Egypt out of jail. What do you make of the later developments there?

Catherine Fitzpztrick

Oh, I sure do ridicule him, David. Because lots and lots of people were injured and *died* and were tortured in jail and remain in jail *and social media isn't saving them*. Facebook likes and Twitters don't get them out.

You're like Anne-Marie Slaughter. She used her connections to draw attention to one Egyptian-American blogger who was jailed and had her arm broken and got her out -- because she had US citizenship and connections.

Now the rest? How about them? Neither you nor she had anything to say about the 19 NGO workers on trial for US-funded democracy programs. You didn't tweet them out. The State Department did, with public statements. And the rest? The Egyptian revolution has taken a very troublesome turn. Is your Facebooking and Tweeting going to fix this?

You have a very ambitious role for social media that it cannot possibly fulfill. It plays a role in stirring up revolutions and then it can't fix the unstable situation it incites. It cannot save people. You need to accept accountability for your claims.

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