Iran censors WhatsApp because Mark Zuckerberg is a 'Zionist'

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By Derek Kessler on 6 May 2014 08:39 am EDT
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It must be that internet access is slow, because Iran just got around to banning WhatsApp because parent company co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish. Kind of. After, you know, Facebook bought WhatsApp over two months ago. The ban comes courtesy of Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, Secretary of the Iranian Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content, which has the power to block access to sites and services deemed offensive in content, ownership, or… well, whatever, really.

Khorramabadi described Zuckerberg as "an American Zionist", which is apparently reason enough to extend Iran's blocking of Facebook to WhatsApp as well. Strangely, the committee has not yet got around to blocking Facebook-owned Instagram, despite it being a part of Zuckerberg's alleged Zionist enterprise for much longer than WhatsApp.

Nevermind that even though Zuckerberg was raised Jewish, he has since dropped religion and become an atheist. Though that too could probably be deemed offensive in the eyes of the committee; let alone his Jewish heritage, which too would probably be enough.

The committee's actions aren't without objection, even from within the Iranian government. Both the Iranian Communications Minister and President Hassan Rouhani have objected to the ban, though neither apparently has the authority to overrule the Iranian Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content.

Just goes to show, the internet might be under assault at home, but it could always be much worse.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Iran censors WhatsApp because Mark Zuckerberg is a 'Zionist'

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The issue is with access to free speech. In some countries, the decision is made for you. If you can't see this, oh well.....

Blackberry always.....

Our country the USA has supposedly been 'giving' democracy to all these countries.. oh boy this is going to get messy.. 'giving freedom'.. lol

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The USA isn't even a democracy, how can it spread it? Believe me the last thing the West wants is democratic Middle East.

Zed30

I am irainian and use BlackBerry z10. BlackBerry is becoming so popular in Iran but unfortunately there is a problem.

1. It is not possible to active BlackBerry mobile phone and we have to use a special way to register it.( use vpn in pc and share it by usb wifi.
2. BlackBerry blocked iranians to access bbworld ( we also use the method that I described to install apps)!
However iranians are so clever ;)

So not only we banned by government, some companies such as blackberry put rules to restrict us.
However a company such as BlackBerry have to to followe Canada rules.
I hope internal and external sanctions are over in future. They cauesed we live under bad situation.

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Very interesting. Thanks for the inside view. This means in some countries like Iran, the BB user don't have any access to BB World? That's worth an article on CB, imho.

Iran is the biggest smart phone Market in iran but BlackBerry does not care. So our choices are iPhone, LG and Samsung! Because they don't have any problem to sell their products in iran but BlackBerry has.

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Of course because of security and privacy.

And government control and censorship is part of this. Power of BB in people's hands is unwanted.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

For the record, BlackBerry does not block content. It's the governments of different countries that do this. BlackBerry would love to have every person on this planet have access to BlackBerry World. Sadly, as is shown in stories such as this, it's not possible.

Cheers. :)

Yeah... but viber is the most popular one in our country and as I know it belongs to israel. It still open, but it may block in future. So the only choice will be bbm!

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Why is this an article? Issue?
What's Whatsapp got to do with Crackberry?
Who cares about Whatsapp? Again, this is crackberry.. wth?

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Yeah. 'Unfortunately' on grounds of Whatsapp being a massive encroachment on privacy. And now the Facebook bought them out, it won't get any better.

And from those "some" folks, "most" are either Jews or Iranians that they would be affected by this news about WhatsApp?

Such Political / Religious news should not make it to Front on CB, just my Honest opinion and suggestion. Thanks.

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Thanks for your great article. please write an article about restrictions which BlackBerry put for Iranians too.

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Exactly. A whole article that shows that BlackBerry prevents Iranian citizens from having a free discussion over BBM. In the first article, a government blocks a company, in the second one, a company blocks a country. I would actually say that the second case is even more important.

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Just shows how much hate there is still. SMH, I'm not Jewish, but a few of my best friends are, and it's really sad to this day that there is still much hate for Jews.

Screw the religious and political boundaries. Iran, just keep to yourselves and hate your own kind, because this world has no tolerance for that kind of hate. Look what Hitler did and how the world reacted to him.

Iran can go eff themselves.....

It's not about the jews... it's about zionists, jews live in Iran and have their own parliamentarians and are protected by the government under the religious minorities protection law. some political conscience would be great thank you.

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Uhh look at what Hitler did to the Italians & Greeks and everyone else.. let's not single out one race or religion as having been 'persecuted' by Hitler. There are no double standards..or are there?

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It's not because he's a jew since Judaism is one of the protected religious minorities in Iran, next to Christians and Zoroastrians and they go to Israel on a regular basis (due to a special, under the table, kind of agreement) but because they consider him Zionist, and let's face it, people share wayyyyy more on facebook and whatsapp than they might share on Instagram so they didn't find it too important to block instagram. And I don't think it's much of a surprise after the scandals of privacy from facebook and the loose encryption on whatsapp. So let's cut it for a while would we!! And besides there are tons of other applications people can use and Iran didn't ban BBM which is, logically speaking, much more of a threat since the government is practically blind infront of the app and cannot access the info.

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BBM can be used by iOS and Android but for BlackBerry 10 it needs to connect to wifi for u to use bbm. Because Iran doesnt have access to Blackberry's network. Kinda hassle to be honest!

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Actually, from the reports I read and the friends I have who have contacts in Iran, it hasn't actually been banned -- yet. As well, the Rouhani government is opposed to this censor. It is just the clerics at it again, stirring up the hatred held only by the top officials and fanatics.

I say good.. good that they blocked WhatsApp.. we're here at Crackberry because we Love Blackberry and support it.. It gives more room for BBM to flourish. (2 thumbs up)

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Stop it with the politics guys, you're all just gonna make things worse. Almost nothing good to be gained from mouthing off here and to be frank 99 percent dont really care for what you have to say about this.

Just make peace friends and use BBM instead of whatsapp. ;-)

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Derek Kessler are you jewish? Because in your article you seem to be taking it pretty personal. Am I right?

Crackberry is meant to be a propaganda free environment.

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This is going to get ugly. Politics and religion are the devils topics. They seriously bring out the worst in people. I read a dating book once and it cautioned never to talk about those topics on dates for a reason. As a Jamaican we have a little greeting. We always say 'respect' as a substitute for thank you and as a way to say good bye.

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Facebook and whatsapp just going to be used to spy on people... of course Iran would ban it. same reason why China has its own FB and wechat and Russia as well.

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This post is cynical and political and Derek there is a big difference between being Jewish and a zionist. Zionism is a political movement that isn't sanctioned by lots of Jews because of its controversial agendas and accompanied discrimination and justified human rights violations.....

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Zionists are for eugenics. Judaism is not. Don't mix them up! Look up how Ethiopian Jews are force sterilized before they're allowed to immigrate back to Israel! Wtf.

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The 'West' has 'given freedom' to the world and continues to do so.. if it wasn't for the West - Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc..(soon Iran) wouldn't be free democracies now with freedoms.

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Please remove this crappy biased and politically opinionated post.. I personally don't want to see Derek's opinions posted on crackberry I'm sure there is a personal blog that you may have for such posts... If you don't have known just create one..... please keep this nonsense off of crackberry

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Saying they blocked Facebook because the CEO is jewish is just like saying that the US made sanctions on Russian personalities because they are orthodox.

There are rivalities between governments and I would never have the arrogance to say who is right, especially when blogging about smart phones. And I would also not try to say whether it is better that a government blocks a company, or that a company blocks a country (because BlackBerry *is* blocking BBM access to Iran and preventing the Iranian citizens from having a free discussion over BBM).

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Orthodox Christians persecuted the Jews in Russia.. Russia is communist. America will bring democracy and freedom to Russia and Iran. We will help our friends in the East.

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I know people who are boycotting whatscrap because of Facebook taking over. Now a whole country is boycotting. Doesn't look good for whatscrap.

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It's never about being Jewish or any other reli as there are between 25,000 and 30,000 Jews living in Iran and Judaism is the 3rd religion in Iran after Shia Islam and Christianity with approximately 300,000 Christians living in Iran.

It's because the fascist dictatorship regime in Iran is afraid of Whatsapp and other IMs and social media networks doing damage to their hold as Whatsapp is popular and they're scared that it will be a tool for defiance and actions to oppose their fascism.

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America will bring the fascist regimes of Russia, China and Iran down. These are all anti-semitic countries and their hatred and persecution of Jewish people will stop. Together with Israel we will fight terrorism and countries that do not want to allow people to use WhatsApp and Facebook.

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The best way to fight terrorism is found in "the Book", in the blessed words: "Love thy neighbour as thyself". One man lived for it and died for it.

Dump a few million of these books on a "terrorist" nation's capital and the problem will be solved. I am convinced. No nation has ever attempted this, so the proof is waiting until then. As a member of a world wide bible distribution organisation I can tell you, this book can work wonders, even with hardened criminals and fanaticised terrorists, we experience it. Regularly. Wherever we go.

God bless the people in the Middle East, and may governments let them use the communication devices and apps of their own choice. Hope it's gonna be BlackBerry.

Peace, joy and BB phones to the world!

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Whatsapp is not censored yet in Iran, but never mind bbm users increase.

I can not discuss Iranian rulers because they do what they do, but It is strange that BlackBerry has blocked Iranian ip s from accessing BlackBerry World.

We do not have BlackBerry maps as well. My z10 is working for me like a Nokia n70 because I can not download apps and I can not use some of pre-installed apps.

I hope this goes better in near future.

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Boo hoo they blocked WhatsApp in Iran. Are we supposed to feel sorry for billionaire owners of FaceBook and WhatsApp now? Who cares, these people/companies have so much money and wealth it's disgusting. People in Iran can still use a great product called BBM and made by BlackBerry.

There are only one superior race of peoples chosen by G-d himself. He is the G-d of Abraham and His people come first and above everything.
Down with all people or nations who choose to oppose.

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