Iran bans Instagram over ‘privacy concerns'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei both have Instagram accounts, but they may not be able to use them for much longer. A court in Iran has ordered that access to Instagram be blocked across the country, after a private lawsuit was filed citing unspecified ‘privacy concerns’ around the photo-sharing social network.

Instagram is the latest high-profile site to be banned in Iran, with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube already on national blacklists. Earlier this month, WhatsApp was also barred there, with authorities apparently displeased with its new soon-to-be-owner Facebook, whose CEO Mark Zuckerberg they referred to as an “American Zionist". Instagram, notably, is also part of Facebook’s portfolio.  

However, official bans such as these seem to be enforced somewhat inconsistently. The Associated Press notes, for example, that the country’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is an active tweeter, despite the ban on Twitter. Private citizens often flout the bans too by using simple workarounds to continue to gain access to blocked sites.

President Rouhani, a moderate among many hard-liners in Iran’s political class, has spoken against such bans on numerous occasions. Last week, he told the IRNA news agency: “We should see the cyberworld as an opportunity. Why are we so shaky? Why don’t we trust our youth?”

So far, it appears that most users – in the capital, Tehran, at least – have not yet had their access to Instagram blocked, despite the court order being made days ago.

Source: Associated Press (ABC News) via Engadget 
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Instaban! Ok not quite but yea ;P
These bans serve one purpose, to keep the public uninformed. They do it more openly here in North America, with news networks skewing every single fact they can make believe , targeting low intelligence/ easily manipulated individuals which make up the masses

P.S watch this: neowin is going to be banned as well. I will let you guys know when that happens, but im sure that's gonna happen soon.

Im not using any of that crap and i still living fine just sometimes i watch youtube videos other than that nothing. And still i hear some youth they would kill themself without internet or facebook, instagram or other social crap on internet!

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