The Syrian government's decision to boycott Facebook is one which has caused a stir throughout the growing Syrian online community. Some have attributed this to a perceived activism which might have been growing on there, others to issues of "morality" but all agree (including myself) that the move is silly and petty. It is akin to the ban Syria had on FM radios in the eighties and early nineties, citing "security reasons". My argument then as now was that if lowly FM radios were such a 'threat' to natural security that they needed to be banned, we are in seriously deep sh*t (pardon my french).
The Syrian government knows how pathetic Syria's pseudo online 'activists' are, otherwise it would have rounded them all up ages ago. I simply can't think of any good reasons why it should have been banned, not that this is surprising. Anyhow, I care for my old pair of shoes more than for this story, the Syrian government can continue to pass unenforcable laws and the citizenry can continue pretending to follow them.