How Iran Blocked Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s Friend Request
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has run into troubled waters in Iran and so has twitter. For years now, the government firewall prevented users from accessing these sites without a VPN or proxy server and direct access was non-existent. On Tuesday, Iranian government seems to have plugged that loophole as well and unfettered access was blocked. Though some users had been able to access the site via VPN, on the whole the government has managed to block access very successfully.
But now, Tehran seems to have fixed that system glitch that allowed access and continues to censor the social networking sites. Though Hassan Rouhani, the new President has said on several occasions that he intends to put an end to Internet Censorship, his government has not yet brought that into effect. What is ironic is that many of his ministers also have Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter accounts and are very active users on both these sites. Mohammad Javad Zarif, the foreign minister is one of them.
Reason for the block
The primary reason for these two sites being blocked was that it was believed that they both were being utilized to organize demonstrations by various anti-government protestors. Now, even the users who could access the site via VPN are unable to do so.
In Iran the responsibility of censorship lies with the Supreme Council for Cyberspace. They have successfully blocked literally millions of sites.
In the smaller cities this council has dispatched a special police-unit into homes of Internet users warning them against accessing blocked sites. And thus, when it comes to Iran, global popularity is not Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s passport to access and success. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is involved in building products that creates utility for its users, advertisers and developers.