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Iran blocks access to Facebook: report

Social networking site Facebook is now blocked in Iran after the government ordered a ban ahead of the June 12 presidential elections.

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  • Published: 09:25 May 24, 2009
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  • Facebook is a social networking website that allows users to communicate and share information on the internet.

Tehran: Social networking site Facebook is now blocked in Iran after the government ordered a ban ahead of the June 12 presidential elections.

The Iranian Labour News Agency reported that the Masadiq Committee ordered the ban to avoid political jockeying.

The website ban came after presidential candidate Hossein Mousavi created a Facebook page for his campaign that has more than 5,000 supporters on the site.

The challengers of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are increasingly turning to the internet to spread their campaign.

Facebook, in a statement, regretted the ban, saying they were "disappointed" that users in Iran have no access to the internet for information about election candidates.

"We believe that people around the world should be able to use Facebook to communicate and share information with their friends, family and co-workers. It is always a shame when a country's cultural and political concerns lead to limits being placed on the opportunity for sharing and expression that the Internet provides," a Facebook spokesman said.



Your comments


Blocking Facebook will not bring victory but has displayed a lack of appreciation of technology and the user from the very own country. I wonder what Government will be put since the world today has evolved so much and one can't afford to be ignorant.
Magdalene
Dubai,UAE
Posted: May 24, 2009, 14:06

There could be several other ways to get info about the election candidates I am sure, facebook is primarily a social networking site where the details mentioned could be right or wrong, also its an addiction these days
Ritu
Dubai,UAE
Posted: May 24, 2009, 11:34

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