Iran's government adds Instagram to list of banned social sites

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If there’s one thing Iran’s government doesn’t appreciate, it’s a good selfie.

The country put a ban on photo sharing social network Instagram over the weekend, according to a report from ABC News.

The move comes after a private lawsuit was filed against Iran’s Ministry of Communications, which forced the organization to restrict access to the Facebook-owned photo site.

Iran is known for being pretty restrictive when it comes to Internet usage. The country has previously blocked access to Facebook and Whatsapp, and earlier this month it imposed heavy censorship over Internet staples like Google and Wikipedia. Iran is also not too keen on privacy, as the country blocked access to all encrypted web traffic (and on the anniversary of its 1979 revolution, no less.)

So much for Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s promise to open up the Internet, something he committed to when elected last year.

via Engadget

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