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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9 comments
Nida Khan
Nida Khan

National Council of Resistance of Iran, a broad coalition of democratic Iranian organizations, groups, and personalities, was founded in 1981 in Tehran, Iran on the initiative of Massoud Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian Resistance. For more information visit http://www.ncr-iran.org/


Tuomas Starwalker Santakallio
Tuomas Starwalker Santakallio

But isn't the Iranian ban due to a scandal, and uncooperative stance by the website to act as the Judiciary locally judged?

Tuomas Starwalker Santakallio
Tuomas Starwalker Santakallio

I can pretty much declare that an Instagram account is about as public as a postcard, with the sender name, number and address printed right below the stamp, and left on a public restaurant table filled with their friends. Yes. That easy to get into.