Iranian censors have banned WhatsApp due to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s Jewish beliefs. The ban has been instituted by the Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content and has actually been opposed by the Iranian government.
According to news reports:
The ban was announced by the secretary of the Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content, Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, who was quoted as saying that “the reason for this is the adoption of WhatsApp by the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is an American Zionist.”
Facebook purchased the messaging service two months ago for $19bn. Facebook as well as Twitter has been banned in Iran since 2009 when then president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attempted to stifle anti-government sentiments. Iran also blocked WeChat last December.
However, in this instance the ban is not widely received. “The government is completely against the ban on WhatsApp,” says Communications Minister Mahmoud Mehr.
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