The Syrian government recently banned the iPhone to stifle protestors communicating on social networks. Authorities are to “warn anyone against using the iPhone in Syria,” Syria’s finance ministry customs department said in an alleged statement. Protestors first informed the German Press Agency of the ban, which confirmed that an iPhone ban is indeed in effect, but it is unclear if the aforementioned statement from Syria’s government is legitimate. Syria also banned imports of the iPhone, BBC said Friday. Other smartphones have not been banned.