Egyptian MP Sameh Habib demanded "that Facebook be shut down – especially the pages that spread strife, lies, and fabrications." Speaking on Sada Al-Balad TV on July 7, Habib pointed to China's action against Facebook as a role model, and said that he was shocked to see sites that smear the Egyptian army and state.
Sameh Habib: "China regulated Facebook. Facebook is hardly used in China. In my opinion, Facebook spells the destruction of Egypt. I had hoped that the Internet would be a positive thing for Egypt, but unfortunately, the negative overrides the positive. There are many cultures and a lot of data on the Internet, but Facebook, I'm sad to say... I open Facebook after the dawn prayer, and before I go back to sleep for 3-4 hours at around 5 AM, and straight away, I close it. I see, for example, a citizen who thinks he has become an army commander, providing military analysis, and another citizen attacking the president.
"Personally, I demand that Facebook be shut down completely – especially the pages that spread strife, lies, and fabrications. There are pages that incite to terrorism. If a certain website smears the Egyptian army, can we still call it an Egyptian website? Impossible!
"I am currently drafting legislation for the regulation of Facebook. The Internet police must make serious efforts, and there must be deterrent punishment for anybody who harms the Egyptian state, army, or police. Deterrent rulings and sentences must be passed against them.
"There is, I'm sad to say, extraordinary strife on Facebook, and there are lies that spread at extraordinary speed. I am annoyed with Facebook and with what goes on there, especially given the difficult circumstances in our country at present."