In Syria, there are approximately 4 million internet users, or 18% of the population.

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Since the advent of the internet in Syria, websites like Facebook and Twitter have been banned by the regime. Earlier this year, according to Reuters, Bashar al-Assad lifted the ban on these sites. They soon became a forum for the regime opposition, with Facebook groups like "Syrian Revolution 2011" attracting many dissidents. However, due to the publicity of Facebook, the government has been able to identity dissidents by name, and has used social media to track down, arrest, and persecute its political oppenents. 




Social media is merely a tool, lacking any sort of self-agency. 
But we must ask the question, has social media been a blessing, or a curse?


the key players:

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