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May 24, 2014 1:00 pm

Iranian Court Bans Social Media App Instagram

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The Instagram homepage. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. An Iranian court has banned the popular photo-sharing social media app Instagram, citing privacy concerns.

Iran’s Ministry of Telecommunications received the order to block the world’s most popular app following reported alleged complaints that Instagram violates people’s privacy, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

Instagram joins a number of popular social media apps blocked in Iran, including Facebook and Twitter. Despite the ban, a number of Iranian leaders such as President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei operate their own social media accounts on Twitter and even Instagram.

The Iranian court’s move comes just days after a group of young Iranians were arrested for appearing in a YouTube video rendition of the Pharell Williams pop song “Happy.” At the time, the Iranian police called the behavior “obscene.”

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