Syria to block Facebook over Golan


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Syria reportedly plans to block Facebook after the site began allowing users to designate some Golan Heights communities as being in Israel.

The Arabic newspaper Al Kuds Al Arabi reported Wednesday that Internet surfers in Syria now cannot enter the social networking site, according to the Israeli business daily Globes. The paper also reported that Facebook was closed to prevent Israelis and Syrians from communicating.

Facebook changed its personal information settings to allow Golan residents to register themselves as living in Israel. Residents of some Golan towns previously had only been given the option of listing Syria in the Hometown section.

YouTube has been officially blocked for some time, Globes reported.

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