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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Egypt to take steps against Twitter, Facebook within days

Egypt to go after Twitter, Facebook: The government will “within the coming few days begin procedures against social media platforms Twitter and Facebook” for allegedly allowing users to incite violence and cause harm to others, (watch, runtime: 10:08), Al Hayah Al Youm’s Khaled Abu Bakr said. Abu Bakr also took it upon himself to read to us Twitter and Facebook’s terms of service for almost 10 minutes. Abu Bakr did not specify what those “procedures” might be — we suggest (a) watching this space and (b) taking this with a grain of salt in the meantime.

El Sisi focused on national security, social welfare: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi discussed national security and the war on terrorism with officials from his government yesterday (watch, runtime: 03:15). El Sisi also urged officials to make sure vulnerable groups are protected against austerity measures through state-sponsored subsidy and other social welfare initiatives, Abu Bakr pointed out.

Subsidy rolls: 1.8 mn Egyptians who were wrongly removed from the subsidy program have been re-added, Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan said (watch, runtime: 04:48). We have more on this in our Speed Round, below.

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