WhatsApp Banned in Iran; Is It Because Zuckerberg Is Jewish and an ?American Zionist??
News reports show that WhatsApp, a popular messaging app recently purchased by Facebook, has been banned in Iran. The reason for the censorship is supposedly due to the fact that Facebook owner and top honcho, Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish.
According to CNET, the widely used messaging mobile app, WhatsApp, is currently banned in Iran. For those not too familiar with this country, Wikipedia states that ? Iran…officially the Islamic Republic of Iran since 1980, is a country in Western Asia….. it is the second-largest nation in the Middle East and the 18th-largest in the world; with over 77 million inhabitants, Iran is the world’s 17th most populous nation.?
The censorship of WhatsApp, incredible as it may sound, is supposedly because Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of Facebook, is Jewish, according to the CNET info. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in a widely reported purchase a few months ago (Do read our feature on ?Facebook Shelling Out $19 Billion for WhatsApp? at https://www.thebitbag.com/facebook-shelling-out-19-billion-for-whatsapp/70135 ).
CNET cites HAARETZ, an Israeli newspaper for reporting, that since WhatsApp was purchased by Facebook last February 2014, officials in the Iranian government have advocated the banning of WhatsApp. The reason provided by the officials was because Facebook and WhatsApp, is managed by, according to the officials, an ?American Zionist?, referring to Zuckerberg.
HAARETZ supposedly reported that Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, the Secretary for the Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content (or Committee for Internet Crimes, as reported by Fox News), said that ?The reason for this is the adoption of WhatsApp by the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is an American Zionist.?
The action against WhatsApp, as pushed by certain Iranian officials, met opposition from other officials of the Iranian government. It has been noted that the Iranian government, since Hassan Rouhani was elected President, has become more moderate in its policies. Mahmoud Mehr, the governments’ Communications Minister, posted in the micro-blogging site Twitter, that ?Government of #Prudence & #Hope fully opposed to filtering of WhatsApp.?
Mehr also added, according to HAARETZ, that ?The government is completely against the ban on WhatsApp.?
Facebook in Iran has a similar story. The social networking tool, has been banned in Iran since 2009. The blocking of Facebook, came when protesters used Facebook, as a tool to oppose the predecessor of Rouhani, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Facebook and WhatsApp are not alone in this predicament. Other social media and news sites have also faced the same censorship in Iran. Access to Google’s search tools, as well as YouTube, has been limited, or blocked totally in this nation.
Since 2013, Rouhani has tried to project an image of a more modern, tech savvy leader, who is willing to accept the political openness, and transparency that comes with technology and the internet. In recent months, there have been signs that the Iranian government might be willing to open their doors to banned social media and web tools. Rouhani reportedly even encouraged his ministers, and government staff to open Facebook accounts in a government activity called ?Government as Facebook Friends?.
This is why analysts are quick to comment that the blocking of WhatsApp is a step backwards for the Iranian government.
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