More than six million tweets on Harry and Meghan’s big day

As the worldf watched the couple say "I do" Twitter came alive (AFP)
Updated 20 May 2018
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More than six million tweets on Harry and Meghan’s big day

  • There were 5.2 million tweets that included the hashtag #RoyalWedding

PARIS: Over six million people tweeted on Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, more than three times the number during his older brother’s wedding, social media monitoring firm Visibrain said Sunday.
Between 2200 GMT Friday and 2300 GMT Saturday, 6,604,498 tweets were posted worldwide on the royal nuptials, of which 5.2 million bore the hashtag #RoyalWedding, the French firm said.
That compared with 1,821,669 tweets across a similar timeframe for Prince William when he married Kate Middleton back on April 29, 2011 when Twitter, founded in 2006, was in its relative infancy.
The most picked up post was by Lucy Sempey and was retweeted nearly 105,000 times. It was a photograph of Markle outside Buckingham Palace as a teen with the message: “One day you’re 15 and posing outside Buckingham palace and 22 years later you’re marrying the Prince. Unreal.”


Egypt tightens restrictions on media, social networks

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi speaks at a panel on ‘Social Media: Saving or enslaving users?’ in the World Youth Forum at Sharm El Sheikh on November 5, 2018. (Pedro Costa Gomes/Bee Interactive/AFP)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Egypt tightens restrictions on media, social networks

  • The Supreme Media Regulatory Council will also be able to impose stiff penalties of up to 250,000 Egyptian pounds
  • Prominent Egyptian journalists are calling the measures unconstitutional

CAIRO: Egypt’s top media regulator has put into effect tighter restrictions that allow the state to block websites and even social media accounts with over 5,000 followers if they’re deemed a threat to national security.
The Supreme Media Regulatory Council will also be able to impose stiff penalties of up to 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($14,400), all without having to obtain a court order.
Critics say some of the measures, published in the official gazette late Monday, are stricter than those approved by lawmakers last year.
Prominent Egyptian journalists are calling the measures unconstitutional, saying they grant far-reaching powers to authorities to censor the media, in violation of basic press freedoms.
Mohamed Abdel-Hafiz says he and fellow member of the journalists’ union will mount a legal challenge to the new measures.