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Iranians hesitant to leave Telegram for Domestic Apps

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The running joke on Iranian social media right now is that three green ticks on a domestic messaging app mean that not only does the sender and receiver read the message, but an intelligence […]

Rouhani “pushes back against” Telegram blocking

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Amid fresh reports that the Iranian authorities are planning to block the popular messaging app Telegram, moderate President Hassan Rouhani has declared his opposition to such a move. In a controversial interview on March 31, member […]

BBC appeals to UN over Harassment in Iran

For the first time in its history, the BBC is making an appeal to the United Nations in Geneva to protect the human rights of BBC journalists and their families. This unprecedented move comes in response to years of persecution and harassment by the Iranian authorities, which escalated in 2017. BBC Director General, Tony Hall, […]

The case for Net Neutrality in Iran

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Please see this link,” Iran’s minister of information and communications technology replied on Twitter after an internet freedom activist confronted him about net neutrality. Typically, Iranian government officials would ignore such affronts on […]

Surge in Downloads of Canadian VPN Tools

By John Lee. The Globe and Mail reports that recent protests in Iran are giving a boost to two Canadian companies offering virtual private networks (VPNs) and other software that can circumvent government censorship and surveillance. Ryan Dochuk, head of Toronto’s TunnelBear, said that the company’s software is being downloaded “en masse” in Iran. Another […]

Internet Censorship a Double-Edged Sword for Tehran

By Maysam Bizaer for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Everything stopped suddenly. We are literally out of work now,” Alireza, a 24-year-old university student living in Tehran, told Al-Monitor. He is among many Iranian online entrepreneurs who have suffered major financial losses in recent […]

Video: Iran Unblocks Telegram Messaging App

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s government has unblocked the popular social media app, Telegram. Activists had used it to share videos of anti-government protests not shown on state media. The government criticised the company for not filtering […]

BBC Complains to UN on behalf of Persian Staff

The BBC has filed an urgent complaint to David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, on behalf of the staff of its BBC Persian service. The urgent complaint has also been sent to Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, […]

“Iran’s Facebook” Shuts Down

By John Lee. Iran’s oldest social media network is to close following years of conflict with censors. According to a report from AFP, company director Mohammad Javad Shakouri Moghadam said Cloob.com was entirely blocked three times and the last time it took 28 days to unblock it; he said the actions allowed foreign sites such […]

Six Years Prison for Unpublished Story about Stoning

By John Lee. Amnesty International has called for Iranian authorities to immediately repeal the conviction and six-year prison sentence of Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee for the writing of an unpublished story about the practice of stoning. “The charges against Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee are ludicrous. She is facing years behind bars simply for writing a story, and […]

Revolutionary Computer Game faces Crackdown in Iran

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. There’s a tech crackdown going on in Iran right now. It began in May with the arrests of Iranian Instagram models for posting “un-Islamic” photos. Then, the Supreme Council of Cyberspace — the body […]

Iran tries to Control Messaging Apps

By John Lee. Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace has ordered that instant messaging apps must store data about Iranian users inside the country, according to a report from BBC News. Firms have been given one year to comply with the ruling, which campaign group Privacy International described it as “extremely worrying”. Iran’s most popular messaging […]

How Internet Censorship Protects Iranian Businesses

By Mahmoud Pargoo, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran continues to restrict access to US-based social media networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter as well as many other websites considered immoral or against its national security. Late last month, even Telegram, […]