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Facebook pages belonging to Syrian opposition deactivated

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A number of Facebook pages belonging to Syrian opposition groups have been disabled recently by the social media website’s administration, accuses Syrian businessman Firas Tlass.

His profile page had become a platform for tens of thousands of Syrians, both supporters and opponents of Assad, to air their views on the ongoing crisis in the country.

In an interview with Al Arabiya’s Arabic website, Tlass said: “Facebook’s administration is not responding to us.”

He went on to air his suspicions as to why the social media giant was refraining from communication with Tlass.

“Facebook is a tool to convey the truth and communicate. However, it is not the truth; and if the tool changes, this will not change anything about the truth,” he added.

Another Facebook page, referred to in Arabic as “Akad al-Jabal,” was shutdown. The page documented conflict-related events taking place inside Syria.

Al Arabiya’s Arabic website reached out to Facebook’s Middle East office in Dubai, but no comment was given.

When a user attempts to log onto either of these pages, a message from Facebook appears stating “the page you requested was not found.” The reasons are unclear as of yet.