Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

‘Muslim Brotherhood Goes on Facebook’

July 29, 2008

Comment: Making it one step easier for the Mubarak regime to identify and arrest members of the Muslim Brotherhood… if they can figure out how to use Facebook.

“The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has launched a discussion forum on Facebook, the popular social networking website. A group of young Muslims decided to put the Muslim Brotherhood on Facebook after they received the go-ahead to do so from the Brotherhood’s second-in-command, Muhammad Habib. The creators of the project decided to call themselves an “electronic student cell of the Muslim Brotherhood” and their aim to to push for the return of an Islamic Caliphate [a Muslim state]…” Click for full article

Syrian Facebook Ban Due to Fears of Israeli “Infiltration”

December 7, 2007

 

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      (The only face allowed in Syria.)

Syrian authorities have blocked Facebook, the popular Internet hangout, over what seems to be fears of Israeli “infiltration” of Syrian social networks on the Net, according to residents and media reports. Residents in Damascus said that they have not been able to enter Facebook for more than two weeks. An Associated Press reporter got a blank page when he tried to open the Facebook web page Friday from the Syrian capital… Lebanon’s daily As-Safir reported that Facebook was blocked on Nov. 18. It said the authorities took the step because many Israelis have been entering Syria-based groups… Click for Full Article

Yea, right… “Israeli infiltration,” as if Israel needs Facebook to infiltrate Syria. The truth is of course, that much more than fears over Israeli infiltration, the Syrian regime is concerned with maintaining its grip on power through a suffocating hold over all aspects of the Syrian population. But they continue to use the tried and true ‘blame Israel’ excuse. The recent Facebook ban is entirely consistent with an intensified campaign against bloggers, virtual opinion forums and independent media sites in recent months. A friend of mine living in Damascus told me Facebook is definitely banned at schools though he has managed get on Facebook at some internet cafes which, he suggested, may have found a way around the Facebook ban so as to keep their customers happy (probably by using so called “mirror sites” in my opinion).

And, really, it boggles the mind how the Syrian government and Mukhabarat (intelligence services) missed the Godsent opportunity that is Facebook (not that I’m in favor of their authoritarian methods). Those familiar with Facebook know that its members put up a wealth of information about themselves, their photos, lists of their friends, location, what they do, interests, causes, groups of like minded people etc. etc. That is the fantasy of any authoritarian regime — especially when such information is made available voluntarily by members of the society. These are people that can only see threat in any new innovation, never opportunity. Simply amazing.

Syria Bans Facebook

November 24, 2007

There’s only one face allowed in Syria…

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Syrian users of Facebook said on Friday the authorities had blocked access to the social network Web site as part of a crackdown on political activism on the Internet. “Facebook helped further civil society in Syria and form civic groups outside government control. This is why it has been banned,” women’s rights advocate Dania al-Sharif told Reuters. “They cut off communications between us and the outside world. We are used to this behavior from our government,” said Mais al-Sharbaji, who set up a Facebook group for amateur Syrian photographers. There was no comment form the government, which has intensified a campaign against bloggers, virtual opinion forums and independent media sites in recent months… Click for Full Article