Iran Bans 'WhatsApp' for Ties to 'American Zionist' Mark Zuckerberg
Iran has banned the social media site "WhatsApp" because of its ties to "American Zionist" Mark Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg's Facebook bought "WhatsApp" for $19 billion two months ago.
According to Fox News, the ban was announced by the head of Iran's Committee on Internet Crimes, Abdolsamad Khorramabadi.
An anonymous Iranian blogger explained to Fox News that "the regime in Tehran is terrified of the power of social media."
The blogger said, "The Revolutionary Guard sees these social sites as a major threat because there's an appeal for young people, and the government worries about the exchange of information."
"Since the June 2009 post-election uprisings in Iran" protesters increasingly availed themselves of social media as a way to get their message out. Doing so allowed them to say what they wanted to say – what they believed they needed to say – without as great a risk of being caught and facing "violent retaliation by government forces."
Following the 2009 uprisings and protests in 2011, the Revolutionary Guard "began tracing internet activity." Moreover, "police forces formed the Iranian Cyber Police... solely to counter internet crimes."
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