If you're done with the old man v. whippernapper jibber jabber^, back to Egypt...

Vodafone (mobile phone carrier) is saying that Egyptian authorities forced them to send pro government texts out to all subscribers throughout the protests. Jesus H.

Statement from Vodafone:
Thursday 3 February 2011

Under the emergency powers provisions of the Telecoms Act, the Egyptian authorities can instruct the mobile networks of Mobinil, Etisalat and Vodafone to send messages to the people of Egypt. They have used this since the start of the protests. These messages are not scripted by any of the mobile network operators and we do not have the ability to respond to the authorities on their content.

Vodafone Group has protested to the authorities that the current situation regarding these messages is unacceptable. We have made clear that all messages should be transparent and clearly attributable to the originator.