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Egyptian man names his baby girl ‘Facebook,’ reports say

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An Egyptian man has named his recently born baby girl ‘Facebook’ in the wake of the 18 days of protests that used social media as an organizing tool to overthrow the government there.

Al-Ahram, an Egyptian newspaper, first reported that Gamal Ibrahim, a man in his 20s, chose to name his first daughter Facebook as a way to honor the role the website played in Egypt’s undergoing revolution, according to CNN.

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Google executive Wael Ghonim is among the many Egyptian organizers who used social media to mobilize demonstrators with his ‘We Are Khaled Said’ Facebook page.

Ghonim has said he started the page days after Khaled Said was killed in public by Egyptian police, with the police receiving no punishment for the man’s death.

Other websites and social media services, such as Twitter and YouTube, were also used by organizers in the protests that began Jan. 25, and the words ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’ were seen on signs and spray-painted on walls during the demonstrations.

A translation of the Al-Ahram report provided by the website TechCrunch said: ‘The girl’s family, friends and neighbors in the Ibrahimya region gathered around the new born to express their continuing support for the revolution that started on Facebook. ‘Facebook’ received many gifts from the youth who were overjoyed by her arrival and the new name.’

Officials at Facebook, the website, were unavailable for comment on Monday morning.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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