Author(s): Murat AKTAŞ

The popular uprisings that started in Tunisia in the late 2010 and spreaded quickly to other Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have produced the most dramatic changes in the region since the middle of the 20th century. Economic difficulties, poverty, corruption and high unemployment under autocratic and repressive regimes have led to mass rebellions along. These uphavals rapidly spreading many Arab countries in a short time, led to the overthrow of governments in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. The revolts have referred to the Spring of People in the 19th century in Europe. It has been also defined as “Internet revolutions”, “Twitter revolutions” and “Facebook revolutions” due to the impact of internet and social media.This article, which aims to analyse the role of internet and social media on the Arab uprisings argues that internet and social media played an important role in terms of inter and intra-groups communication. The article also indicates that the use of internet and social media in the Arab uprisings has significant implications in terms of connection between the social movements involved and its diffusion to the outside world.


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