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Iran Protective of Privacy?

iranThat bastion of rule of law and civil rights, Iran, has brought a case against Instagram and WhatsApp for breaches of privacy based on unspecified citizen complaints and ordered Mark Zuckerberg to appear for questioning. The judge also ordered that the two apps be blocked in Iran; possibly the true intent behind the court’s actions. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are already blocked in Iran. Iranian Internet official Ruhollah Momen-Nasab said that, “According to the court’s ruling, the Zionist director of the company of Facebook, or his official attorney must appear in court to defend himself and pay for possible losses.” Zuck is unlikely to appear but is probably lamenting his inability to vacation in Bandar Anzali. The case against Facebook’s two subs is one more example of the ongoing fight against censorship and for Internet freedom in Iran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in favor of expanding access to the Web, despite the courts’ strong preference for very strict regulation. “We should see the cyber world as an opportunity,” Rouhani said recently. “Why are we so shaky? Why don’t we trust our youth?”

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