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

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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 we... 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 me... 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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