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Google executive behind organization of Egypt's protests

2011-02-08 07:47:16 GMT2011-02-08 15:47:16(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Opposition demonstrators protest at the Tahrir Square in Cairo, Feb. 7, 2011. Opposition demonstrators reduced since the oppositions made concessions during their talk with Egypt's vice president on Sunday and reached agreements that Mubarak seeks no more re-election after September elections. (Xinhua/Yin Dongxun)

Opposition demonstrators protest at the Tahrir Square in Cairo, Feb. 7, 2011. Opposition demonstrators reduced since the oppositions made concessions during their talk with Egypt's vice president on Sunday and reached agreements that Mubarak seeks no more re-election after September elections. (Xinhua/Yin Dongxun)

CAIRO, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- A Google Inc. executive was behind the Facebook page which has helped spark the mass protests in Egypt.

Wael Ghonim, 30, a marketing manager said in a television interview broadcast on Monday after he was released from days of detention that he was behind the organization of the anti- government protesters.

Internet services such as Facebook and Twitter were believed to have played a key role for the organization of the mass protests in Egypt.

Internet service was cut off on Jan. 28 in Egypt, apparently in a bid to stop protesters from using it to spread information. The service resumed on Feb. 2.

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