Young protesters in Tunisia are making wide use of social media, such blogs, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, to get together and to criticize the government.
Tunisia is in state of unrest as protesters are rioting over corruption and unemployment. Recent riots sparked after 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi committed suicide after he could not find a job and was banned from selling fruit without a permit.
In spite of Tunisia's stringent censorship of the Internet, around 3,000 videos tagged with the words, "Sidi Bouzid", have been posted on video sharing site YouTube.
Tunisia became a hot topic in San Francisco after protestors sent thousands of tweets about their demonstrations.
Demonstrators have been backed by some external online activists, such as hacking collective Anonymous, which recently launched cyber attacks against many sites and government agencies as a protest against their actions against whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks.
A cable disclosed by WiKiLeaks described Tunisia as a "police state" and criticized Ben Ali for not being in touch with people.
Social media have been emerging as a major battleground between the governments and those demonstrating against them.
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