I think this is focussing on irrelevant details of an immense exaggeration.
First difference is scale. Even if everyone handed over their passwords at the mere sight of a wrench, this is *many* orders of magnitude slower than ording Facebook to hand over their entire database.
Secondly, the wrench method is publicly visible or leaves traces. We don't know if Facebook gave info to Mubarak or his allies but we would hear if a government was using physical violence to get account passwords.