Syria Lifts 5-Year Facebook, YouTube Ban 'Appeasement' measure dumps 5-year shut-down By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Feb 9, 2011 1:20 AM CST Updated Feb 9, 2011 6:00 AM CST 1 comment Comments Syrian protesters hold candles during a vigil for those killed in the Egyptian demonstrations. The Arabic placard read:" Yes for freedom". (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman) (Newser) – Syrian authorities are lifting a 5-year-old ban on Facebook, YouTube and other Internet sites in a move seen as an attempt to appease the public and stave off the kind unrest rocking Egypt. The country's state-owned ISP is in the process of unblocking sites including Twitter and Blogspot, although Wikipedia is still blocked, the Next Web reports. Social networking sites have played a key role in unrest elsewhere, although Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad believes his nation will remain stable. Syrian Internet users, meanwhile, say they've been using proxy servers to access the banned sites for years. "We are all using it anyway, so I don't see what difference it makes," one Facebook user tells the Guardian.