Iran Launches State-Sanctioned Video-Sharing Site

December 10th, 2012 at 3:23 am
 


The Islamic Republic of Iran has been on a crusade against Western influence from its Internet, even blocking websites for The New York Times and Facebook. And in its efforts to further eradicate “online infidelity,” the Iranian government has launched its very own, state-sanctioned, censored, and monitored video-sharing site.

Mehr.ir, its name deriving from the Farsi word for “affection,” is intended to provide Iranians a venue to share their pre-approved videos without having to go through walls meant to block YouTube.

The attempt to localize the business of uploading and sharing videos is part of the Iranian government’s plan to establish a “halal Internet,” which included strict censorship that includes a ban on the use of VPN software.

The Register reported that they encountered a stylish 404 page when they visited the site, but Mehr.ir was working just fine when we visited it.

Source: Agence France Presse, via The Register

 

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