Iran Ramps Up Internet Censorship

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24 September 2015. Reporters Without Borders has criticised the Iranian government for its increasingly strict censorship of websites and mobile apps in the country. The Iranian government has been implementing so-called “Intelligent Filtering” to limit or stop traffic to websites and apps that it deems “immoral”. Reporters Without Borders have said that the censorship goes far beyond content that could reasonably be considered “immoral”, however. For example, the social messaging apps WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, Telegram and Tango have all been “Intelligently Filtered”. It has also been reported that websites about women’s rights, human rights, religion and politics have fallen victim to “Intelligent Filtering”. Reporters Without Borders also accuses Iran of blocking access to content that criticises the regime, but the Iranian government insists it only wants to “protect society from immoral harm”. 

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