If it’s going to be one place which is very much against the Internet crimes, and takes religious stuff very much seriously online, it’s Iran. This statement goes even bold as the popular messaging app, WhatsApp, was banned today in the entire country. One reason for this is Zionism, which is linked to the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
[In picture: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani]
The Iran’s Committee on Internet Crimes has ruled the app and although there are still a claims from a few users that they are able to access the app and send / receive messages from International friends, it is a decision that is being implemented in entire Iran and soon, none would be able to use the app.
“The reason for this is the assumption of WhatsApp by the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is an American Zionist,” Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, head of the country’s Committee on Internet Crimes, stated.
This comes just a couple months after the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook, and now because the owner of this app is Mark Zuckerberg (Jewish “American Zionist”), the app won’t be allowed. Same is the case with the main social network Facebook, which has got a limited accessibility in the country, while the Internet users haven’t got anything that easily to use, because related social networks such as Instagram, Twitter and apps like Viber, Youtube too aren’t easily available for use in Iran.
Ironically, although the Iranian committee does all this, they come up with the stories and share their implemented steps themselves on the Internet through the social media. According to one of the Iranian bloggers, the Tehran regime is terrified of the power of social media, and they see these social websites as a threat because although attractive, these are the platforms where the exchange of information could happen any time.
Social media and the Internet has been an issue to tackle and keep a control on, since the riots during 2009 Elections in Iran, and since then, the data tracking has been happening. While it is WhatsApp put under the radar right now, there won’t be any surprise if the government decides to block the access to any social sites in the near future. This is again to keep the protesters away from any source or platform to stage their opinions and protests.
It is also being said that the Iranian government could altogether shut down the general Internet access and implement Halal Net, an intranet which will have to be used by anyone who wants to get access to the web, but they would be able to browse only the government-approved websites.
WhatsApp is not the first app to face this ban, because late last year, similar buzz was created in the media when the government banned another chatting site and app WeChat. Earlier to that, the govt. was wary of things happening on the Internet, and in 2012, the cyber police in Iran arrested a 35-year old blogger Sattar Beheshti, for crimes against National security on social networks and Facebook. He was later found dead within a month after being prisoned, and is believed to have been tortured to death.
Consider yourself lucky if you are still being able to access WhatsApp but that moments of joy could end any time because this is a serious ban from the govt. and the glitches are bound to happen initially.