Happenings Technology

Iran Plans To Ban Instagram Over “Immoral Content”

Iran Plans To Ban Instagram Over “Immoral Content"
Iran Plans To Ban Instagram Over “Immoral Content"

Iran’s National Cyberspace Council has approved steps to block Instagram, according to local reports, following crackdowns on other social media apps. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Telegram are already banned in the Islamic Republic, with internet providers ordered to block access to the services.

The apps have often been used as a way to spread anti-government messages, with Telegram in particular, often cited as a national security concern. Many Iranians continue to access the services despite the bans, circumventing the technical blocks by routing traffic through an overseas internet address. Twitter has been blocked in the country since 2009 but Rouhani has official accounts that tweet both in Persian and English. Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has also fostered a sizeable Twitter fanbase.

The state prosecution service’s IT commissary, Javad Javadnia, said on Thursday that “Instagram unfortunately has not only illegal but immoral and obscene content” and authorities are presently waiting for final decision from Iran’s political leadership to implement the ban, the Isna news agency reported.

advertisehereladder

About the author

Omotunde Alata

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

advertisehereladder
%d bloggers like this: