Anas is claiming that Amazon.com is now blocked in Syria (thanks Yazan). As Yazan comments: “Why would any regime block Amazon.com?!! Unless people are exchanging secret *how to topple regime* advices through book reviews!”
It seems to be an incredibly random move, if it is confirmed. It comes a week after Facebook access was stopped. It seems someone has got hold of a list of the websites with the most hits, and is blocking them.
As Golaniya says about the Facebook decision, “I think they did not block Facebook–the-site, but the unfamiliar reaction to this site.” In other words, it wasn’t the content of the site that worries authorities, but the fact that people are becoming active and using something the authorities don’t understand.
Could Facebook be the number one site in Syria? Quite possibly. And Amazon is probably pretty high up there too.
But are these bans working. Well, Idaf raises an interesting point. If this really was about stopping civil society, then they’ve just lost a brilliant opportunity to monitor the activities of all these people who – of course – are using their full real names on Facebook.