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Iran: Messaging services LINE, WhatsApp and Tango blocked

NCRI – The Iranian regime’s judiciary has ordered three personal communication apps to be blocked.

The services are popular among Iranians because they allow inexpensive or free communication with people in Iran and abroad.

Also, the messaging services circumvent the state-controlled Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI).

Social websites including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook have already been blocked by censors, though many young and web-savvy Iranians use proxy servers or other workarounds to bypass the controls.

The government of Hassan Rouhani is implementing what it calls a ‘Smart filtering’ system.

Mahmoud Vaezi, the Communications and Information Technology Minister said on December 28 that implementing the ‘Smart filtering’ system does not mean that ban on already blocked websites and social networks will be removed.

He said that the ban on “the already blocked web sites such as Facebook and YouTube” will not be lifted.

The regime in Iran has set up one of the strictest controls on Internet access in the world and has blocked hundreds of thousands of websites and social networks.