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Iran court summons Mark Zuckerberg over privacy violations

On Tuesday, an Iranian court summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after individuals accused of privacy violations in Facebook-owned apps like Instagram and WhatsApp.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Wax Statue
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Wax Statue

On Tuesday. a local judge in the Fars province demanded Zuckerberg to explain “violation of privacy” complaints made by individuals using WhatsApp and Facebook. The case also highlights the arguments between the moderates who seek to increase internet freedom while the conservatives want restrictions. Zuckerberg has chosen to ignore the summons and in the process of acquiring WhatsApp.


Rouhollah Momen-Nasab, a senior Iranian internet security official said “Based on the judge’s verdict, the Zionist manager of Facebook should report to the prosecutor’s office to defend himself and make compensation for the damages”.

However the report did not mention how the Facebook-owned apps violated the privacy. A self-declared moderate President Hassan Rouhani defeated the conservatives after he promised greater freedom for the internet though he faces opposition from traditionalists and ultra-conservatives. Rouhani had also taken steps to free internet by bringing “smart filtering” which would keep off sites which are immoral to the government.

On Wednesday an Iranian prosecutor denied reports that the Facebook CEO was summoned to court following complaints by individuals. Iran and U.S does not have any extradition treaty and several sanctions are faced by Iran over nuclear issues, making it difficult to even receive a travel Visa.A news agency IRNA reported that chief prosecutor Ali Alghasimehr as saying that Mark Zuckerberg has not been summoned to court and WhatsApp and Instagram has not been banned.

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