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Iran Banned Instagram for Security Reasons

TEHRAN – Iranian authorities announced on Wednesday the ban on the application of Instagram photo sharing app, citing concerns about national security, according to The Telegraph.
The National Council of Iranian Cyberspace said it had approved measures to block Instagram after the crackdown on other social media applications.
Instagram is the last big social media service officially available in Iran. According to The Telegraph, it is difficult to know when the ban will come into effect.
Iran had previously blocked access to many websites, including Facebook and Twitter, to prevent Iranians from viewing content it considered immoral or an infringement of the regime.
Last April, the Iranian judiciary blocked voice calls on Telegram, the country’s most popular messaging app, following the arrest of 12 people who ran popular reformist channels on the app.
Justice, dominated by conservatives, has already blocked the Waze online navigation application because it was designed in Israel, which Iran does not recognize. In January 2018, however, reports indicated that the application was working again in Iran.
Many Iranians continue to have access to services despite bans, bypassing technical barriers by routing traffic via an overseas Internet address.
On the other hand, said Telegraph, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has an active Instagram account that regularly sends messages to an audience of over two million followers.
Rouhani also has official Twitter accounts that tweet in Persian and English. The country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is also active on Twitter, as is Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Even Iran’s former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has a Twitter account, having joined the social network in 2017 even though he acted to ban it during his tenure.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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