The name of Muhammad Adel, the most famous cleaner in Egypt and the owner of the “Koshary dish”, which sparked widespread controversy, returned to the forefront of social networking sites, after news circulated of his arrest and then his release.
Tweeters and bloggers interacted greatly with the news. And while some considered it “a means to distract the Egyptians,” others expressed their “satisfaction” with the publication of news, which they described as unimportant, on the lists of the most popular topics.
But the topic that preoccupied most people was what was described as “how to create a trend” in Egypt, and the reason behind focusing on harvesting views through communication sites, even if the published content was not serious or useful.
- The Giza Investigation Department arrested the cleaning worker, Mohamed Adel, known in the media as the hero of the Koshari Al-Tahrir incident, to implement judicial rulings issued against him in recent years.
- Sources revealed that non-final verdicts were issued against the cleaning worker on charges of manslaughter, in an accident in the New Cairo area, in addition to a dissipation ruling. The accused cleaner was transferred to the Abu Nomros Police Station, and from there to the Cairo Court.
- Hours later, it was spread through the communication sites again that the security services of the Giza Security Directorate had released Muhammad Adel, after news indicating that he had submitted an opposition to the sentence issued against him.
- And the pioneers of social networking sites circulated a number of pictures of the owner of the Koshari incident while he was inside the headquarters of a famous production company, and he appeared to sign papers that some said were papers for a new contract for him as a radio broadcaster joining that company.
- News spread that he was expelled from an artist’s birthday, in addition to being expelled from the filming location of an Egyptian movie, to top his news since late October last, social networking sites non-stop.
Mohamed Adel’s first comment
In his first comment after leaving the Abu Nomros police station, the cleaner, Muhammad Adel, said, in a live broadcast on his personal Facebook page, that he was “fine and there are no judgments upon him after his disclosure.”
Expert: The most interactive news rules social media
- Roland Abi Negm, an information technology expert, told the BBC Trend blog that “trending topics on social media have their pros and cons.”
- He pointed out that “tweeters and activists use these platforms to interact and respond, especially on topics that may be the subject of their sympathy, such as injustice and bullying.”
- But they also “interact with all news, even if it is neither true nor reliable.”
- Ronald said, “One of the factors for the spread of this news is that media platforms and influencers cover it through their accounts on communication sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok, and as soon as they circulate the news, their followers circulate it, and so on until the news spreads widely and quickly.”
- He added that “not all influencers are necessarily positive, as some of them are also negative, and most of them do not publish positive news and clips for several reasons.”
- “Including that there are personal interests behind this news, or that they are ultimately looking for the content that spreads faster through their accounts.”
- Ronald says, “It is not possible to control the spread of non-targeted news, because there is no guarantee, in the event of stopping publishing news of the cleaner, for example, and replacing the news with another meaningful and positive one, that he will achieve the same interaction that the first one would have achieved.”
“His mission is over.”
Despite the great interaction with the news of Muhammad Adel the first time, and the desire of activists and tweeters to help him, the matter was different this time.
A large number of those who interacted with him the first time backed down from his support this time, and some of them confirmed that “his role to distract the Egyptian public has ended.”
While another team saw that “what happened will cause his fame to increase more than before.”
Tweeters also expressed their remorse for sympathizing with him last time.
And another group of sarcasm took a way to express their boredom from shedding light on the cleaner’s news.
On the other hand, other tweeters blamed the media, and said that it has begun to publish any news that raises viewership without looking at the content. They also demanded that the media stop following his news.
with the cleaner
However, another team defended the cleaner, stressing that “he has the right to live a decent life” and demanded that he stop mocking him.
Others wondered: “Why is it only the law that applies to him, and there are others who have prison sentences that are not implemented?”