Facebook vs. Iran: The rumors aren't true, says the Iranian government
Iran denies that Facebook, or any other social networking website, is banned in the Islamic Republic. (AFP/File)
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An Iranian judicial official has categorically denied reports that Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned over complaints of privacy violation.
“News published by certain virtual sites suggesting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned by [the Iranian] Justice Ministry’s Fars [Province] Branch is rejected altogether,” said Public Prosecutor of the provincial capital of Shiraz Ali Alqasimehr on Tuesday.
Of course, certain individuals have filed complaints against Facebook for publishing certain images and videos, he further told IRNA.
He also dismissed reports that Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Instagram services have been filtered in Shiraz, saying, “We have had no filtering in that regard so far.”
There are also complaints against the two websites for alleged internet fraud and the release of obscene photos, said the public prosecutor.
Certain media reports on Tuesday claimed that an Iranian judge had summoned the Facebook chief executive to answer allegations that his company's apps had breached people's privacy.