The Arab Spring

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The Arab Spring is a new term tossed in December 2010, and it covers all kinds of riots, demonstrations and civil wars recently going on in the Arab world. The Arab Spring has established; the power social media can have when applied in social and political scenario. In just a short period of three years, there were changed regimes in four Arab countries (Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen). There were protests and demonstrations in other Arab countries like Bahrain, Syria, Algeria, Iraq, Jordon, Kuwait, Morocco and Sudan. Small scale protests were also held in countries like Mauritania Oman, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Western Sahara, and the Palestinian territories. Sectarian clashes in Lebanon were described as a spillover of violence from the Syrian uprising and hence the regional Arab Spring. Despite the efforts by governments across the Arab countries, to not to allow the protests and demonstration held, effective use of social media has helped to organize protests, communicate with masses and raise awareness among the people. A major slogan of the demonstrators in the Arab world has been to bring down the regimes. In this paper an effort has been made to identify the help provided by social media in Arab spring, reasons for Arab nations going to social media instead of mass media and an analysis on future of social media in Arab world. Help provided by social media to start Arab spring Due to technological development over the last two decades, availability of information in

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