Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being hailed as the "No. 1 hero in Tunisia," said Sen. John McCain after his visit to Egypt and Tunisia.
“The national hero in Egypt is a guy named Mark Zuckerberg. I called him and told him that,” McCain told a group of reporters gathered Wednesday morning at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, the Social Times reports.
McCain and Sen. Joe Lieberman saw first-hand the level of hero-worship Zuckerberg is getting in both countries.
“This social networking cannot be underestimated in how all of these events, really the driving force in how all of this transformed and took place,” he said.
McCain delivered a message to Zuckerberg by phone, saying the people of both countries have a standing invitation open to the Zuck.
“They wanted him to come and visit,” McCain told reporters. “They want him to come to Egypt and Tunisia, these young people do.”
McCain gave examples of the power of social media, citing a young man in Egypt who held up his Blackberry and said, “I can get 200,000 people in the square in two hours.”
No word on whether or not Zuckerberg will be traveling to Egypt or Tunisia.