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No, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will not go to your privacy soirée, Iran

An Iranian court has summoned Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, to answer privacy complaints surrounding Facebook-owned apps Instagram and WhatsApp.

Something tells us Zuck is going to steer clear of Iran for a while.

Zuckerberg isn’t compelled to comply with Iran’s demand, because the U.S. and Iran don’t have an extradition treaty. Other prominent American figures have successfully ignored summons from Iranian courts in recent years.

Iran called for a ban on Instagram last week. The country previously banned Facebook, WhatsApp, and YouTube, although senior government leaders in Iran regularly use those social sites.

Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, head of the Iran’s Committee on Internet Crimes, has called Zuckerberg an American Zionist (he’s not, in case you were wondering), and cited that as one of the reasons the country decided to block WhatsApp.

Both Instagram and WhatsApp remained accessible in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Tuesday, according to Sky News.

More information:

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 1.15 billion monthly active users. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 w... read more »

Instagram is a free photo sharing application designed for use on Apple iOS devices developed by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. The application, which is compatible with any iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 3.1.2 or above, allows user... read more »

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia and yes, those phones can all m... read more »

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur.[6] He is best known for co-creating the social networking site Facebook, of which he is chief executive and president. It was co-f... read more »

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35 comments
John Morelli
John Morelli

I didn't think it was possible to like the Iranian government but they did it. Send that Aspie over there.

Kalu Ekeh
Kalu Ekeh

Donna - actually all facebook has to do to prevent Iran from using it is block he IP addrsses of the entire country.

Chrystal Lynn Barker
Chrystal Lynn Barker

I agree with Donna for the most part. Most the people I know do as well. REAL people in this age have observed allot of foreign governments oppressing and endangering their own people.

Jeffrey Harris
Jeffrey Harris

you are on Facebook hoping Zuckerberg shoots himself ???

Frank Wouldntyouliketaknow
Frank Wouldntyouliketaknow

Oi.... I think you got your facts messed up sir. Its OK. Just keep believing the American propaganda they have been shoving down your throat for decades. Mideastern countries giving US trouble? More like the other way around. Dont take this as I dont love this country because I do. I just dont like what it has become now. We need to take the money and corruption and sensless wars out of our country and realize that the human condition can be so much more than it really is. *rant over*

Jeffrey Hyde
Jeffrey Hyde

1 Person and 1 country likely to be the one who wants Zuckerberg to be Charged for Privacy Information, Exploitation, and to be jailed, Edward Snowden and Russia.

Dondi Smith
Dondi Smith

Well at least it stopped the Census man from knocking at our doors. ;)

Kerry St Thomas
Kerry St Thomas

Welcome to Facebook. Where you agree to its Terms of Service by creating an account. You handed the keys to that kingdom over when you clicked "I agree."

Kerry St Thomas
Kerry St Thomas

By clicking on "I agree" to Facebook's Terms of Service when you created an account, you reduced your rant to "butthurt." Good show.

Abbott Mike
Abbott Mike

In all fairness, the U.S. has given many countries a lot of problems too. We gotta change our foreign policy stances. Let another country be world police now. lol It hasn't gotten us anywhere, but hated. And you can tell you are way before 1984 with this level of thinking.

Chad Love
Chad Love

This is all propoganda horse shit. hear say. if you believe it than youre a mother fucking idiot.

Abbott Mike
Abbott Mike

He said while using facebook. It is actually pretty easy, just stop using it.

Donna Klump
Donna Klump

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Anyone who would like to leave the U.S. and move to Iran is more then welcome to do so. :)

Raul Alberto Garcia
Raul Alberto Garcia

"Mideastern countries have given the United States too many problems already." 'Murica at its finest. It's fucking ridiculous how many people think like this.

Dondi Smith
Dondi Smith

No one cares about privacy. That's why everyone is on CIABook, I mean Facebook.

Donna Klump
Donna Klump

If they feel their privacy is being violated then why are they using facebook. If they have a problem with it then stay off of it. All those mideastern countries have given the United States too many problems already. Hey Mark anyway to keep Iran from using facebook? :)

Su San
Su San

he would be a damn fool to go over there...like the chick going back to Italy...

Jason West
Jason West

a jewish guy going to Iran he might as well shoot himself hahaha.

Kevin James
Kevin James

More countries should do this! This fool and his goons should be held responsible for all the privacy nightmare that goes on at that crap called "Facebook".

Joshua Darlington
Joshua Darlington

So... youd think the story might explain what Iran is actually concerned about.