WhatsApp banned in Iran

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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69 Comments

5. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

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

6. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

10. saeeiid

Posts: 4; Member since: May 05, 2014

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

28. amirsepehr

Posts: 2; Member since: May 05, 2014

HI ALz i FROM IRAN too but saeeiid SAYS BULLSH*T S**T F**K UP SAEEIID 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.

30. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Is there a bomb everyday there?

35. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

No, Idiot.

40. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

take the chill pill man

42. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

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

51. 7.62mm

Posts: 7; Member since: May 05, 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.

13. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

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

15. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

But hey! It's working for me !

16. arashk77

Posts: 1; Member since: May 05, 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..

21. bornatalebi

Posts: 2; Member since: May 05, 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

22. Mehdia

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 22, 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

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

25. farhad_per

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 26, 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.!

29. amirsepehr

Posts: 2; Member since: May 05, 2014

HI ALz i FROM IRAN too but saeeiid SAYS BULLSH*T S**T F**K UP SAEEIID 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.

31. expectation

Posts: 10; Member since: May 05, 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

36. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

56. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 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.)

41. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

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

33. Daniel.95

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

No ,It's working well.

38. iLoveAmexica

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

sad place, sad people.

44. shaheiyR unregistered

Have u ever been in Iran?

52. 7.62mm

Posts: 7; Member since: May 05, 2014

you're wrong, iranians are lovely people..

46. Omid.j

Posts: 2; Member since: May 05, 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!

47. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 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.

48. Omid.j

Posts: 2; Member since: May 05, 2014

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

50. expectation

Posts: 10; Member since: May 05, 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

55. 7.62mm

Posts: 7; Member since: May 05, 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.

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