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Iran Launches Their Own YouTube-Like Web site

Iran's Own YouTube-Like Web site

Iran has recently launched it’s own video-sharing website.

According to CNET News, Iran launched the website in an effort to provide alternative government-sanctioned Internet services.

The website, called “Mehr,” aims to attract Persian-speaking users and promote Iranian culture.

Lotfollah Siahkali, deputy chief of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, said:

“From now on, people can upload their short films on the Web site and access [IRIB] produced material.”

The Iranian government has been fighting against “inappropriate” content on the Internet. In September, the Iranian government announced that it would start blocking its citizens access to Google’s search engine and Gmail.

This was retaliation for an anti-Islamic film that caused outrage throughout the Muslim world when it was posted on the company’s on the company’s YouTube site.

A government deputy minister also announced that the government is moving ahead with plans to create a domestic Internet as a way to improve cybersecurity.

All government agencies and offices have already been connected to the “national information network,,” and the next step was to connect citizens to the network.

Iran has reportedly been developing a national internet in an effort to create “a clean Internet.”

Even though the Iranian government denied these reports, the Iranian media say that the domestic system would be fully implemented by March 2013.

Iranian Internet users have grown accustomed to censorship.

Earlier this year, Iran’s government cut off access to the Internet a few times. The last time they cut off internet access, they blocked access to all encrypted international sites outside the country that operate on Secure Sockets Layer protocol.

Many Iranians use proxy servers over Virtual Private Networks to bypass government efforts to block access to foreign news sites and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. George Kafantaris

    Hiding from the world is proof enough that the Iranian regime cannot withstand scrutiny even from its own people.
    And with Assad on the way out — and perhaps Chavez going before him — the regime will get lonely. Indeed, the only friend left might be Kim Jong-un.
    In the end, this stubborn, myopic, and anachronistic theocratic regime has succeeded in turning Iran into another North Korea.
    Yet these two countries could just as easily have become economic and technology powerhouses for the good of their people.
    Iran's loss is worse because the regime has foregone its chance to set a new path towards the country's Persian greatness — not as a military power, but as a technology and industrial leader of the Middle East. This is hard to do when a country is in deep isolation.
    "If you can't beat them, join them" might be an American proverb, but the Iranian and Korean regimes will be glad when they eventually figure it out.