Facebook penetration rates in MENA countries at the start of the Arab Spring demonstrations in 2011

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Facebook penetration
Bahrain (Feb 14)32%
Tunisia (Jan 14)18.8%
Saudi Arabia (Mar 11 & 20)12.9%
West Bank and Gaza (Mar 15)12.8%
Oman (Mar 3)7.8%
Egypt /Arab Rep. (Jan 25)5.5%
Libya (Feb 17)4.3%
Syrian Arab Rep. (Mar 15 and onwards)1.67%
Syran Arab Rep. (Feb 14)1.19%
Yemen (Feb 3 & 10)0.93%

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The statistic illustrates the role of the social networking platform Facebook for organization and start of protests in the Arab Spring demonstrations between January and March 2011, by country. At the start of protests in Tunisia on January 14th, the country's Facebook penetration amounted to 14 percent.
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Release date
July 2012
Survey time period
January to March 2011

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