Rouhani vetoes WhatsApp ban

Published May 8th, 2014 - 04:00 GMT

A proposal to ban popular communication app WhatsApp has been vetoed by Iran’s President, AFP reports.

The President’s veto has put a rift between the Rouhani administration and the 13-member council that is in charge of internet censorship in Iran. The Islamic Republic routinely blocks access to many social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, according to AFP.

“The issue of banning WhatsApp was raised. The president has ordered a halt on (banning) the site. Until the time that we have a replacement for these sites, the government opposes filtering them,” said Telecommunication Minister Mahmoud Vaezi.

Numerous government officials have advocated for lifting the ban on social media, but progressive members of Iran’s government have faced resistance from religious hardliners who take a more conservative stance.

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