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[font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][size=4][b]Iran has launched a new website for citizens to share short videos.[/b]

[color=#333333]The website is called Mehr, which means affection in Farsi, and is run by the state broadcaster IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting).[/color]

[color=#333333]Iran already has a popular local video channel called Aparat, which is run by the same company behind Iranian social network Cloob.[/color]

[color=#333333]YouTube, operated by Google, has been blocked in the country since 2009 but many Iranians can still access it.[/color]

[color=#333333]They use Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, which are banned in the country but are not uncommon - and allow net surfers to bypass filters.[/color]

[color=#333333]Online video is very popular in Iran but low internet speeds - often less than 1Mbps (megabits per second) - make streaming a big problem, said reporter Adel Shaygan from the BBC Persian Service.[/color]

[color=#333333]"Having that speed, streaming good quality and stutter-free videos is next to impossible. In which case, downloading is a more reliable option," he said.[/color]

[color=#333333]"As well as knowing how to get round the restrictions on the internet (imposed by the authorities), people also know how to download content from YouTube."[/color]

[color=#333333]While there is no data yet available about the use of Mehr, Aparat, which has been around for a couple of years, is the 13th most popular website in Iran according to web stat provider Alexa.[/color]

[color=#333333]Aparat is based in Iran and abides by local laws governing its content but has international sponsors including electronics firm LG.[/color]

[color=#333333]YouTube was officially censored in the country following protests and allegations of vote fraud after the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.[/color]

[color=#333333]YouTube owners Google declined to comment on the launch of Mehr.[/color][/size][/font][/quote]

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WOW REALLY ? yeah sounds fun.....OK maybe not.

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