Man behind 'Gay Girl in Damascus' blog banned from using computers at Edinburgh University

THE student who revealed himself to be the hoaxer behind a blog about the political turmoil in Syria has been banned from using computers at Edinburgh University.

Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old married American, had been writing the Gay Girl in Damascus blog until questions about its authenticity were asked.

A spokeswoman for the university said: "The university will investigate whether the student has breached university computing regulations."

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She said the university's principal had recommended that Mr MacMaster's "computing privileges" be suspended pending an investigation.

Defending his actions, Mr MacMaster said: "People should stop focusing on the hoaxer and really be focusing on the most important people, the real people who are suffering in Syria."