Syrian Government Removes Ban on Facebook and Youtube

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We follow the important developments in the Arab world in recent weeks with curiosity and enthusiasm. Social media, primarily Facebook and Twitter, are at the center of the events that started in Tunisia, later spread to Egypt and led to the “ignition of their legs” of all the state leaders who had been in the administration for many years. In recent days, we frequently encounter banning news about access to social networks, which play a major role in the gathering and organization of protesters in Tunisia and Egypt.

Contrary to what we are familiar with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the government he led, this time was not a ban, but a ban on the ban. As of Tuesday, Facebook and Youtube have been blocked. Both sites have been banned in the country since 2007.

Assad, who frequently uses the words of change and communication in his statement to the Wall Street Journal, emphasized that Syria is not like Egypt and Tunisia and that the fate of the countries will not be the same. The Syrian model “Anger Day”, which was expected to take place in Damascus last Friday, with 17,000 members on Facebook page, could not be held.

Lifting the ban on Facebook and Youtube in Syria also received positive reactions from the United States. Alec Ross, advisor to US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton On your Twitter account He said that the development was pleasing but would not make much sense in the continuation of the restriction of freedom of expression.

Syrian President Assad has a mild and accommodating attitude compared to Tunisia and his colleagues in Egypt. At least we can say this about social media and internet restrictions. Let’s see if Assad’s compromising attitude will help the party’s long-lasting rule continue.