'Blue Magic': Algeria Opens 'Facebook Addiction' Clinic

Monday, 13 June 2016 - 11:20

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A clinic for Facebook addicts has opened in Algeria amid fears vulnerable users are becoming brainwashed by extremist Islamist groups on the 'blue magic' social network.

The private facility has been opened in the eastern city of Constantine offering programmes specifically designed for social media users.

It comes as it was revealed that there are 10 million Facebook users in the country - and that the number of users is growing by 10 per cent a year.

The clinic's director, Human development scientist Raouf Boqafa, said he feared some vulnerable users were being targeted by Islamists who use the site as a recruitment tool.



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