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Twitter confirms it is blocked in Egypt

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter confirmed on Tuesday the Internet messaging and communications site had been blocked in Egypt, where thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

“We believe that the open exchange of info & views benefits societies & helps govts better connect w/ their people,” the company wrote in a message, or tweet, as it confirmed the blocking of its service.

Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic and Peter Henderson

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