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Egypt forced us to send text messages: Vodafone

Egypt forced us to send text messages: Vodafone
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First Published: Thu, Feb 03 2011. 06 02 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Feb 03 2011. 06 02 PM IST
London : Vodafone says Egyptian authorities forced it to broadcast pro-government messages during the protests that have rocked the North African nation.
Micro-blogging site Twitter has been buzzing with screen grabs from Vodafone’s Egyptian customers showing pro-government text messages sent to them in the run-up to the violent clashes in central Cairo which broke out on Wednesday.
Vodafone Group PLC said in a statement Thursday that Egyptian authorities have been using the country’s emergency laws to script text messages to its customers.
The UK - based company said it had no ability to change the content of the messages. It called the practice “unacceptable” and said it has protested to Egypt’s authorities.
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First Published: Thu, Feb 03 2011. 06 02 PM IST
More Topics: Egypt | Vodafone | Cell Phones | Unrest | Text Messages |