Iran censors WhatsApp because Mark Zuckerberg is a 'Zionist'

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It must be that internet access is slow, because Iran just got around to banning WhatsApp because parent company co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish. Kind of. After, you know, Facebook bought WhatsApp over two months ago. The ban comes courtesy of Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, Secretary of the Iranian Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content, which has the power to block access to sites and services deemed offensive in content, ownership, or… well, whatever, really.

Khorramabadi described Zuckerberg as "an American Zionist", which is apparently reason enough to extend Iran's blocking of Facebook to WhatsApp as well. Strangely, the committee has not yet got around to blocking Facebook-owned Instagram, despite it being a part of Zuckerberg's alleged Zionist enterprise for much longer than WhatsApp.

Nevermind that even though Zuckerberg was raised Jewish, he has since dropped religion and become an atheist. Though that too could probably be deemed offensive in the eyes of the committee; let alone his Jewish heritage, which too would probably be enough.

The committee's actions aren't without objection, even from within the Iranian government. Both the Iranian Communications Minister and President Hassan Rouhani have objected to the ban, though neither apparently has the authority to overrule the Iranian Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content.

Just goes to show, the internet might be under assault at home, but it could always be much worse.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Iran censors WhatsApp because Mark Zuckerberg is a 'Zionist'


I hope that the South African government does not see this. They will create a "Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content" just to say they have one, and then restrict every bit of access all of the internet...

And there's nuts in the West that think we should "learn to accept" these views on religion and blasphemy and the like, I suppose because they're cretinous bleeding-hearts and are worried that the ayatollah might feel sad if his shitty regime isn't backed up by middle class people in the West.

Oh yeah. Because these laws are soooooo focused on religion and not on dictatorial control. I'm not a fan of Zuck or Facebook, but if people using the thing would piss off badguys around the world, we need some kind of A-Team or GI Joe of tech.

They could set up covert internets and show people how to use them, and how to hide computers from the cartoon villains that apparently run the third world nowadays.

All BS. Leave people alone due to their backgrounds. If you go this far it's because you're jelly. :)

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