Iran bans 160,000 social media accounts in one year alone

Jan 21
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Tehran has also gone so far as to ask foreign social media companies to hand over data on their Iranian users. (File photo: AP)
Tehran has also gone so far as to ask foreign social media companies to hand over data on their Iranian users. (File photo: AP)
Al Arabiya English
Saturday, 21 January 2017
 
Iran has banned more than 160,000 social media accounts and websites in the past year arguing they were spreading “Atheism and corruption”.
The figures were announced by Iran’s Minister for Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi Amiri who said that estimates show 27 million young Iranians are using social media platforms like Facebook and Telegram and that “Tehran has put a stop to the many accounts that have been affects the cultural values of our youth”.
Telegram instant messaging service has proven massively popular among Iranian youth for its secure and encrypted features, where it estimates 20 million active users in Iran.
In the latest report released by Freedom House, Iran is among those countries that lack free internet and it is at the bottom of the ranking chart.
Tehran has also gone so far as to ask foreign social media companies to hand over data on their Iranian users.
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