Syrian authorities ban the iPhone

It appears that Syrian authorities are now banning the use of iPhones in their country, seemingly due to activist use of the device to upload violent scenes to web sharing services such as YouTube. While the iPhone as a fast electronic news gathering and viral news tool is well known and well established but this is the first time we've seen only the iPhone banned in a country.

The government has already banned several types of social media use after protests started in January of this past year and over 4,000 have been killed. The authorities believe social media apparently has an impact. One activist has this to say -

“It is enough for any tourist or guest visiting Syria to own an iPhone to be a spy suspect.”

I don't think I'll be visiting Syria with my iPhone anytime soon....

Source: Al Nashara

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.