Friday, May 23, 2014

Iran Blocks Instagram

The Iranian Judiciary today ordered blocking of photo-sharing app Instagram, Mehr News Agency reported. Social websites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook have already been blocked by censors.
Iranian leaders, including Ayatollah Khamenei and President Rouhani, however, keep very active Facebook and Twitter accounts and Rouhani also has an Instagram account. The restriction on social media apparently applies only to ordinary citizens of the country.

Officials at Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, could not be immediately reached for comment (AP, 23 May)

Is Rouhani's pilot an Instagramer?


Anonymous said...

all part of the ideology of the vile theocrats who treat the Iranian people as if they are children who can not be allowed the freedoms that adults must have. any time that Iranian citizens complain that the other governments of the world treat Iran unfairly, I wonder why they should expect those other nations' governments to respect them more than their own government does.

Mark Pyruz said...

Iranian commercial pilots, like many commercial pilots in the world, use tablets such as iPads as electronic flight bags (EFBs), better described as electronic information management devices.

Apparently there appears to be quite a bit of uneven restriction towards Iranian social media access. While restrictions are said to be in place, nevertheless private, amateur facebook sites related to Iran's military as well as commercial facebook sites related to civil aviation and construction remain operating on a regular basis.

Nader Uskowi said...

They use VPNs, which in itself is an illegal act in Iran.