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Report: Iran court orders Instagram blocked

May. 23, 2014 5:18 AM EDT

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A semiofficial news agency in Iran is reporting that a court is ordering that the photo-sharing app Instagram be blocked in the Islamic Republic over privacy concerns.

The Mehr news agency said Friday that the court order had been given to Iran's Ministry of Telecommunications to ban the site over a lawsuit. Users in Tehran still could access the application around noon Friday.

Social websites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook have already been blocked by censors, though many young and Web-savvy Iranians use proxy servers or other workarounds to bypass the controls.

The move comes as there's even an Instagram account in the name of moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

Officials at Instagram Inc., which is owned by Facebook, could not be immediately reached for comment.

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thetreeman May 23 2014 at 7:02 AM

anyone really surprised????

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anvmd May 23 2014 at 8:02 AM

what did you expect?

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dbear4u2 May 23 2014 at 8:24 AM

Does anyone care? We have our own censorship problems here.

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gchip22 May 23 2014 at 9:35 AM

We all are one connected by air and it is polluted, at this stage in civilization let freedom reign with social togetherness..

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juststeve35 gchip22 May 23 2014 at 1:35 PM

Good mushrooms, eh?

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sindfetish May 23 2014 at 12:26 PM

it's IRAN...why is this news?

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juststeve35 May 23 2014 at 1:35 PM

Why?

Because WORDS are not really permitted in Iran, and since a picture is worth 1000 of those....

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Ajax Lessome May 24 2014 at 12:19 AM

Just another clear example of how the Iranian regime struggles to stem the tide of
technology, especially social media. It has already banned Facebook and Twitter and banning Instagram will just be the tip of the iceberg that will probably involve SnapChat, , Vine, Reddit, Tumblr and every other method of sharing uncensored information. There are no moderates in a nation controlled by the whims of a single supreme religious
leader accountable to no one. The regime led by the mullahs knows what happens when a populace becomes more tech savvy and utilizes social media to tell the world what is happening inside the country. Guys like Khamenei and Rouhani learned from the 2010 election protests and the Arab Spring and are making sure these kinds of freedoms don't spread again.

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