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WhatsApp banned in Iran
The world’s most popular messaging app is being blocked by Iranian authorities. WhatsApp, recently acquired by Facebook, was a key avenue for people to communicate with friends and relatives inside and outside Iran, but Iran’s Committee on Internet Crimes has ruled.

What reason could there be for this? It’s Mark Zuckerberg’s fault apparently. Because he is “an American Zionist” who now owns WhatsApp, it must be stopped. The messaging service joins WeChat, which was banned last year.

“The reason for this is the assumption of WhatsApp by the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg,” said Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, head of the aforementioned internet crimes committee.

Of course, it probably does not matter to these people that old Zuck owns less than 30% of Facebook nowadays.  Facebook itself apparently has limited accessibility in the country, along with the other major social networks like Instagram, Twitter, Viber, YouTube, et al.  In fact, several government officials are active on these social networking sites themselves, where they shovel out the propaganda.

That may be the only thing tempering new fears that Iran may start to put a real clamp on data connectivity to internet based services and implement Halal Net, a national intranet that has been sanitized by censorship officials. Data tracking in Iran became a priority following the election riots in 2009 and 2011.

Some folks are able to get around restrictions using third-party proxies. It looks like it is time for a bunch of apps that help them do that.

source: Fox News

UPDATE: Thanks for the comments folks.  The source was citing its own source re: accessibility of these sites from within Iran.  Please feel free to use the "tip us" link for additional corrections. 

UPDATE #2: It looks as though WhatsApp is indeed working, at least for some folks.  Knowing how quickly media can be shut down in Iran, there may have been some other issue.  However, given the rhetoric that comes from the Iranian government, such a move as banning WhatsApp would be seen as par for the course by other countries.

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posted on 05 May 2014, 02:50 3

5. hmd74 (Posts: 477; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

Not a surprise! we don't have access to WeChat,Facebook,twitter,youtube,Google Play,etc...
and Now +WhatsApp

posted on 05 May 2014, 02:54 3

6. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

What?! check your sources again! Facebook is not available in Iran! The same goes for twitter and youtube! And yes, there are government officials using twitter and instagram and facebook, but FB and twitter are filtered here. We use vpn most of the time to access them.

posted on 05 May 2014, 03:03

10. saeeiid (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 May 2014)

hi, iam from iran!
is not filtered now! what you say?
its working very good with out vpn

posted on 05 May 2014, 07:25 2

28. amirsepehr (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 May 2014)

facebook , youtube , twitter , wechat , whatsapp , google + , spotify , instagram , and ..... all of them is banned in iran
Iran is not freedom
The iran economic situation is very bad
i Bought iphone 5s 16GB in iran 800 usd
I'll cry if I want to take the situation in Iran
sorry for bad english writing.

posted on 05 May 2014, 07:56 2

30. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Is there a bomb everyday there?

posted on 05 May 2014, 09:52

35. refillable (Posts: 1046; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

No, Idiot.

posted on 05 May 2014, 10:14 2

40. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

take the chill pill man

posted on 05 May 2014, 10:17

42. refillable (Posts: 1046; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

Well, I won't take them, cause stating that means that you're racist to the Iranians. Nowadays those things aren't accepted.

posted on 05 May 2014, 13:03

51. 7.62mm (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 May 2014)

bomb?! No!!! that happens in Iraq, afghanistan, pakistan. and yes, government is repressive and have so many banned sites but fortunately Iran is a safe country in middle east area.

posted on 05 May 2014, 03:11 3

13. hmd74 (Posts: 477; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

Most of the iranians use android devices but none of them have access to Play Store :|

posted on 05 May 2014, 03:13 1

15. hmd74 (Posts: 477; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

But hey! It's working for me !

posted on 05 May 2014, 03:21

16. arashk77 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 May 2014)

What's next? Viber? telegram? ... there r tons of ways we can communicate u idiot authorities.

btw, whatsapp is not yet filtered for me..

posted on 05 May 2014, 04:26 1

21. bornatalebi (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 May 2014)

i'm from iran and WhatsApp is still working, its not a big problem because viber is the most popular social app here and its working now

posted on 05 May 2014, 05:09

22. Mehdia (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)

F###uked but open vpn and puffin and other App all way open for iranian all massenger and website
Phonearena thanks for this news

posted on 05 May 2014, 06:12

24. shaheiyR (unregistered)

It's terrible that we iranian are going to be Isolation from the world but as an iranian i say that my country is not bad we people are just limiting

posted on 05 May 2014, 06:17 2

25. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)

I am in iran and yes most of websites and all of the social networks progs are banned..even from yesterday hot spot shield and all of anti filters are banned..! I am really got crazy..hope to leave this country soon that I havent the basics human right..! And friends most of the iranians are like me my country and our people arent bad..! We have no choice. Thanks alot phone arena for covering this news..! Sorry about mistaky english guys.!

posted on 05 May 2014, 07:26

29. amirsepehr (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 May 2014)

facebook , youtube , twitter , wechat , whatsapp , google + , spotify , instagram , and ..... all of them is banned in iran
Iran is not freedom
The iran economic situation is very bad
i Bought iphone 5s 16GB in iran 800 usd
I'll cry if I want to take the situation in Iran
sorry for bad english writing.

posted on 05 May 2014, 08:37 1

31. expectation (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 May 2014)

I'm Iranian
tanks for my countryman comments it's very interesting . . . Sure asked yourself why . . .
because everybody observing owns partial to theirs government and religion . And so don't thinking about effects of their comments on none Iranians when , they reading the news and comments.
clarification and explanation :
in Islam religion banned all affair eventuate to errors and sin
so Iranian government based on Islam so banner about this affair.
now why whatsapp :
in Iran strength have immoral & sinful act on the communication apps and the don't know about useful of usage. So useful user accost ban .
and all ban for crook and cheating users.
Iran is freedom country about thinking case .
so banned about error's of citizenship because they're accountable.
and slightly freedom of our friends comments. Have definition and means in liberal government . Not in Islam based country. Such as Iran.
tanks for mood to reading my comments

posted on 05 May 2014, 10:01 1

36. refillable (Posts: 1046; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

Well that grammar/English is very hard to understand. But yes, WhatsApp can bring 'Immoral and Sinful Affairs' and 'Cheating users', but in the other hand it is very useful for convenience, which will not be the beginning of the bad things that you said. If your Government was smarter, they could apply a stricter rule that only applies to those Sinful acts and don't let anyone on an exam to bring their smartphone.

posted on 05 May 2014, 13:34

56. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Sure that was one of the most difficult to read comments I have ever read. But I'm sure he didn't mean cheating like the way I was doing today.
( shame, if my friend had viber too, or if she could sent a file over bluetooth, I might have had a chance at passing the test.)

posted on 05 May 2014, 10:15

41. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

i can't comprehend your comment dude, did you translate your language to english directly from google translate ? coz it seems so, lol...

posted on 05 May 2014, 09:15

33. Daniel.95 (Posts: 89; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

No ,It's working well.

posted on 05 May 2014, 10:02

38. iLoveAmexica (Posts: 47; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

sad place, sad people.

posted on 05 May 2014, 10:49

44. shaheiyR (unregistered)

Have u ever been in Iran?

posted on 05 May 2014, 13:09

52. 7.62mm (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 May 2014)

you're wrong, iranians are lovely people..

posted on 05 May 2014, 11:32 1

46. Omid.j (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 May 2014)

Hey guys,
I’m a high school student from Iran.
Well, I wanted to say that we are not sad people and non of these freaking censorship or filtering is our fault, in fact this is what our government does and we can’t do anything about it! But that doesn’t mean we close our eyes on it. For example, Facebook is filtered in Iran, but they our many Iranian people on Facebook. Because we use things like VPN, SSH and etc. to pass the walls between us and the world.
We are not different people, we are just guys like you, but our life is limited and this is why many Iranian people wanna migrate to other countries.
One sad thing happened a few months ago to some of our famous bloggers, who were running narenji.ir the most famous IT blog in Iran, the government prisoned them for no reason!
When we asked about it they didn’t answer, and now the blog is dead and the last post is for months ago.
Whatever, thank God I’m not in North Korea!

posted on 05 May 2014, 11:39 1

47. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)

Some of the people from this site are just pathetic. Just cuz you'll live in a democracy and have access to every single thing doesn't make you'll better to those who don't have such facilities. Some American users on this site are just too narrow minded and egoistic fools. I've seen them trolling on other country people many times here at PA. Get a life you'll. Just cuz you'll live in a free and rich country doesn't mean that you'll have the right to disrespect those who don't. Iran is as good a place as any. Sure, its govt is a little restrictive, but the people are great. Also, a sad govt or place doesn't always equal to a sad population.

posted on 05 May 2014, 11:43 1

48. Omid.j (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 May 2014)

Dude, try to be a little more polite.
These guys don't know us, show them respect.

posted on 05 May 2014, 12:59 1

50. expectation (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 May 2014)

I'm sorry for badly translation
I'm sorry for the countryman
I was surprised that so far express pessimism than in their homeland who have knowledge about it
please fallowing Iran news and conditions on presstv.ir
I'm seeing and reality of Iran shows there

posted on 05 May 2014, 13:16 1

55. 7.62mm (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 May 2014)

Ok.. i guess you mean that people should follow Presstv.ir news?
that's Iran gov's official news agency!! now i'm sure you're a gov agent.

posted on 05 May 2014, 14:59

58. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 293; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)

well, alot of people complaining here, not knowing the fact once you are online, you are really insrcure, whether you are in the US, Iran or Thailand! it is the same everywhere, these people may know about it, and they are being told about it straight to their faces, while Americans never knew about it until Snowden...

when a country goes against the American life style, technology, etc, that wouldn't make them retards

it is weird that people cease to see that America and other countries are putting all these restrains against Iran, Russia...etc, but when those countries react against the American and Europain intellectual penetration, people just lose their sh*t..that's plain double standard

Countries, who have their Internet very strictly censored, have made huge advaces in Education and technology, and some of them are actually now holding America by the balls, such as China

posted on 05 May 2014, 16:15

59. Atrian (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 May 2014)

we all know that the reason Iranian authorities blocked whatsapp and apps like this is not cause they are Sympathetic people , and they are worry about immoral & sinful acts in society , they just want to have more and more control on people`s Thoughts and lifes it is`not my opinion it is the words that Mr Abdolsamad Khorramabadi said for the main reason that they do block and Censorship "cause we can`t monitor what people share and Publish" if it was anything except this the country`s authorities didn`t put themselves in Trouble.
and my last words: dear expectation if you use the social apps in the ways that you mentioned please don`t expand that to all iranian people , if you didnot understand what you said in your comment it`s important that you know it`s you that are insulting you`re country and people not the others .and i have a question from you, why the authorities of other nations&countries (most of them) don`t use the same way for protect their people from as you said "immoral & sinful acts" maybe you think those who arn`t muslim don`t care about Ethics at all.

posted on 06 May 2014, 08:30

69. expectation (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 May 2014)

Because the government is Islamic republic of iran
and islamic means All rules written on Islam and Islam is opposed to the criminal acts that undermine human dignity
So there are two visions of liberal and islamic
Liberal view says that all people are free to the extent that the rights of others to follow.
But the Islamic view of liberty within the meaning of Islam.
And it is treated in public places Islamic teachings no one allowed to enter privacy.

posted on 05 May 2014, 16:27

60. sami92 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 May 2014)

Oh god,im so so so sick of these kinda news.
Everyday they limit one part of the internet
Halal net?! Kidding me?!why dont you just shut the whole internet down for god's sake?
I hate this islamic regime,wish we had a secular government.
But you know,its a little risky to engage with them and piss them off,they might arrest you nightly and put you in evin(one of the deadliest prisons in iran,just like the one you saw in death race)and put a gun in your hole(kidding)
Now you selfish americans, i tell you what!
You come here and free us from this junky government and we promise to give you tons of oil in cash,if you got balls of course;)

posted on 05 May 2014, 17:02

61. masuod (Posts: 13; Member since: 05 May 2014)

In the name of GOD

I'm an Iranian and love my country.
Sorry for the words I say., But there is no limit in this country quite like other countries except that there are not whore house in iran and some people who Can not bear it Emigrated from Iran and Say that Iran is limited country.
again i apologize.

posted on 06 May 2014, 04:19 1

67. outlaw7 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Apr 2014)

iran presedent MR.ROUHANI take some measure in order not to ban what apps and it wont be band.please update the post.thanks....

posted on 06 May 2014, 07:52 1

68. expectation (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 May 2014)

Thanks Ahmdalsyagh just realized you search. More information disclosed in accordance with Snowden Iran cyber attacks and espionage.
However, everyone is responsible for doing what. But the government also has responsibilities as a rule.
Irene authorities saying is correct but the description I just do not understand the question to those who know the situation in Iran.
Iran is not like London and New York. If you do that every motion picture and put it somewhere, but everything here is free. Prohibition is a criminal.
A number of people are using Facebook and other communication programs are bad. Gender issues in the family and wives and Lee For example, Facebook has a great number of sex workers. Principles of Islamic culture and threatens the family.
With this tool for insulting or offensive to others, moral and cultural content is published. Every state with an anti-cultural and ethical issues is challenging.
The government can not monitor the Facebook page to page back and see it. Because every second you can create fake login page wrote a detail report is out of control.
Another case of pornography is a crime that can not be controlled.
Facebook and lies against the Iranian authorities means freedom knows who or what is Filtering?
If you are outside Iran that the Holocaust story is published
If the block was not even allowed to use it
Sometimes war is a way of communication.
Freedom does not mean unilateral

posted on 07 May 2014, 06:39

72. 7.62mm (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 May 2014)

To expectation:
Man i live in iran i really cannot believe somebody thinks this way.. What kind of freedom you have in iran? Can you criticize iran's supreme leader? Sure after that you're going to jail! Or can you protest on a decision that gov has made? There are so many webpages and newspaper and books that are closed and banned in iran, all of them were sinfull? Or just they were criticizing authorities?..

posted on 07 May 2014, 15:41

73. expectation (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 May 2014)

Dear Friend critical thing you notice bad
Some people on the street and led authorities say insults and profanity .
If you live in Iran . Why wont you look them in the community . ?
Iran is open to criticism . But anyone who criticizes the justice to observe
 In the case of any matter which is officially released it will be critical evidence .
So simple accusation . Simple insult
It is insulting to be punished . Whoever that is
Iran's Supreme Leader has released an insult towards her.
Cultures in a way that most people have an opinion that is often regarded as valid.
As the leader of another religion or religious leaders are expert. Not the general public
Iran is guilty of insulting anyone
Protests require a permit from the Ministry of Interior. As in all countries.
Today's rally was the proportion of the nation's cultural practices. In Iran there is freedom within the law.
Newspapers and sites that have been closed have been unconstitutional.
They have lies to insult the religion and have different personalities.
Books banned in several criminal cases, there is a superstition and promote sexual thoughts and arousal. Religious or historical obfuscation.
I recommend you do your research, do not charge more easily
Most of the news media that the world against Iran. Because the owners are Zionists and Americans.
Iran's real news, just read below and watch networks
Press TV English network
Al-Alam Arabic channel
Their website address
Both sites have English versions
Good luck and health.

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:43

74. 7.62mm (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 May 2014)

first of all, i'm sorry but i cannot understand your comment due to bad grammar and probably its because you are using Google translate Persian>English service for commenting here, and unfortunately the result is terrible.

well, i assume that you are honest and "don't know" what's happening in Iran, so here are some useful articles to read and get more information about state of freedom in Iran:

1. here is World press freedom index 2013, and not surprisingly Iran is 174th among 179 countries.(also this link is banned in Iran and you should use anti filter tools to see it :) .

2. this link shows Iran position in internet speed, and among 192 countries Iran is 167th:

3. this one is more painful.. Death penalty statistics 2013: country by country, Iran's rank: 2nd (china is 1st!) :

i hope you open your eyes.
good luck

posted on 09 May 2014, 12:15

75. expectation (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 May 2014)

I am also sorry for the bad translation
see The problem is Viewpoint of me and you
Freedom in each country relative to the culture of the people
Comment of the media. not the reality of the situation in Iran
This is false.
World press freedom index is Not valid , because Information is not correct
Iran is a developing country
Communications Minister said :Internet speed is rising. i dont say iran have high speed internet
In Islam, the punishment for the offense is defined
And people have accepted them
What do you say ???
You're living in a world of illusion, not real world
Punished according to the laws of God
What do you say ???
do you know law ??? or you are lawmaker
your law of Punishment is writing by mankind
but islamic law baised on god law , not human law writing
i say we are in a media war and that means all media and consist newspaper , tv , and many of webpage
but yure eye was closed on reality
At the end whatsapp ban are canceled

posted on 10 May 2014, 07:55

76. 7.62mm (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 May 2014)

apparently all the reasons in this world doesn't matters, and you and your laws have come from sky and you are God's agent on earth! haha you just remind me of Nazis!

posted on 10 May 2014, 10:11 1

78. expectation (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 May 2014)

You are snotty , bounder and sassy
According to Islam, man is the successor of God on earth
You do not know Islam
Your comment is offensive. Compared with a 1.6 billion Muslims
You do not have to respect religions and humans
Then you talk about human rights and human liberty!!!
Your brain also has problems
No compulsion in religion
Please exit from Iran, there is no freedom.
Go back to the cradle of liberty
Iran is not a place for people witless
It's better than talking to a little research and thinking

posted on 11 May 2014, 07:29 1

79. 7.62mm (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 May 2014)

your comment is full of insults, but we have got used to see this behavior from people like you.
I don't know Islam? FYI, i grew up in a Muslim family, my parents are Muslim, but fortunately my parents and most of Muslims that i know are not fanatic like you, they don't give themselves right to kill people and ban them from their rights like free internet and freedom to speech as God's successor. they just think that religion is a private thing and should not be forced to others. my parents never forced me to do Islam rituals.
and, my comment is not offensive to muslims because i addressed you, not muslims!
oh, you gave me orders to get out of Iran, a clear sign of dictatorship in your mind, i love iran and iranians, and i won't escape from "my country" to help you keep abusing people easily. if somebody should leave, its you.
you should learn not everybody thinks like you and your friends. you should learn not to inspect in life of others. this situation will change, and even change has started slowly..
Good luck.

posted on 12 May 2014, 01:48

80. expectation (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 May 2014)

I said no compulsion in religion
But the community must uphold its values ​​is
Who has the right to disturb your privacy
I did not dictatorship.
I suggest going to a country's freedom is
I'm not offended and I do not intend it
But you'll fight

posted on 10 May 2014, 09:31

77. sasano870 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 May 2014)

i'm from iran . work me WhatsApp very good but i want Google Play :/
WhatsApp don't Important for me :/

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