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Iran judge summons Facebook CEO to court

May. 27, 2014 6:53 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A judge in southern Iran has ordered Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court to answer complaints by individuals who say Facebook-owned applications Instagram and Whatsapp violate their privacy, semiofficial news agency ISNA reported Tuesday.

It quoted Ruhollah Momen Nasab, an official with the paramilitary Basij force, as saying that the judge also ordered the two apps blocked.

Another Iranian court last week had ordered Instagram blocked over privacy concerns. However, users in the capital, Tehran, still could access both applications around noon Tuesday. In Iran, websites and Internet applications have sometimes been reported blocked but remained operational.

Facebook is already banned in the country, along with other social websites like Twitter and YouTube. However some senior leaders like Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are active on Twitter.

While top officials have unfettered access to social media, Iran's youth and technological-savvy citizens use proxy servers or other workarounds to bypass the controls.

The administration of moderate President Hassan Rouhani is opposed to blocking such websites before authorities create local alternatives. Social media has offered a new way for him and his administration to reach out to the West as it negotiates with world powers over the country's contested nuclear program.

"We should see the cyber world as an opportunity," Rouhani said last week, according to the official IRNA news agency. "Why are we so shaky? Why don't we trust our youth?"

Hard-liners, meanwhile, accuse Rouhani of failing to stop the spread of what they deem as "decadent" Western culture in Iran.

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CougarDomme May 27 2014 at 8:31 AM

They can have him. Let the limousine liberal get a dose of real life and a REAL war on women so he stops carrying the water for Democrats who want his money.

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arlenefaile May 27 2014 at 10:52 AM

Want privacy.......don't use social media, plain and simple. Once you put it out, its out!

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realrambo arlenefaile May 27 2014 at 12:30 PM

I solved the problem , under my name it says 25 years jail sentence for manslaughter and another 15 for drug trafficking , no one want to deal with it , since I have no reason to look for work they all can kiss my rear .

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Luna May 27 2014 at 8:12 AM

I'm thinking maybe just don't go to Iran.They can court order all they want but they must know he will never do what they want.

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DogEat_WORLD Luna May 27 2014 at 11:11 AM

The CEO of Facebook is not the cause of what seems to be, the Iranians lack of civil morality?
What ever problems their leaders have, are only that, of the Iranians own free will, not Facebook.

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Jackie Luna May 27 2014 at 1:51 PM

Really!!!!!! Since when did Iran have any pull in the US? Oh, yeah, since a muslim maggot was illegally "elected" to our White House. WHAT A JOKE THIS ALL IS.

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Georgette May 27 2014 at 9:33 AM

My thoughts are they want it blocked because they do not want the people of Iran to have access to what is really going on in the world. The officials feed them the Iranian version of world events in order to paint the USA and other democaratic countries as bad. The youth grow up hating us, and these feelings are perpetuated throughout time.

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hman570 May 27 2014 at 8:55 AM

Iran is a bunch of freaks that don't know their ass from a hole in the ground. Nuke em and end this stupid way of life that teaches how to kill. There is nothing in the Arab world that is worth fighting for. They are all freaks, murders, and just plain worthless people.

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toddisit May 27 2014 at 8:09 AM

The whole idea of social media is no privacy, oh well, what happens next is the user's fault or they agreed to it somewhere.

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Elizabeth May 27 2014 at 8:57 AM

No one is forced to utilize any of these social media things.

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Randy Elizabeth May 27 2014 at 11:10 AM

True... mental midgets of the world have proven they can be conned once and conned continuously by utilizing the "social media" sites and enriching the flaming leftists that created them and rent them out to the scammers, spammers and other assorted low lifes of the planet.

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Nikki Randy May 27 2014 at 12:52 PM

You sound like a broken record, did someone pee in your cheerios? You seem to take issue with people who utilize these sites....not everyone is on such sites to show their latest selfie or to tell us the details of every minute of their day. The majority of adults just want to keep in touch w/long distance family and/or friends, I don't think that qualifies everyone to be classified as 'mental midgets'. Maybe nobody wants to be in touch with you and your sour disposition and that is why you feel the need to be so caustic. Get a grip, life is good when you let yourself enjoy it.

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ScotyD69 Randy May 27 2014 at 1:26 PM

Yeah know...a social media site could be a simple as something that shows news feed and lets the general public (social) reply and speak their mind about the topic.................... : )

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dorc792 Elizabeth May 27 2014 at 3:09 PM

hes just a peeping tom....

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baggersrnutz May 27 2014 at 8:38 AM

If you haven't figured out by now that Zuckerberg and Facebook are tools of the NSA, then you're a simple knothead !

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Lenny baggersrnutz May 27 2014 at 12:16 PM

What ever your smoking, I want some.

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Frank Ottis baggersrnutz May 27 2014 at 12:17 PM

Amen @ baggersrnutz. I just knew i wasn't the only one.

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Randy May 27 2014 at 11:08 AM

In my opinion the entire organization of the "social media" site should be imprisoned.... and every mental midget who thinks the site is "cool", "hip" or "bad", "rad" or whatever term life's losers use to justify their participation.

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rlpjr2 May 27 2014 at 8:05 AM

These people are Freaks... All I can say their moral ignorant standards are ridiculous.. Get a life people....

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