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It's unclear if this move is temporary or permanent

Iran has put a plan in motion to filter Google and Gmail throughout the country after YouTube refused to take down an anti-Islam film.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, recently refused to get rid of an anti-muslim film called "Innocence of Muslims." Iranian officials were not pleased with this decision, and in response, will begin filtering Google and Gmail in the country. It's unclear if this is a temporary or permanent move. 
"Google and Gmail will be filtered throughout the country until further notice," said Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, an Iranian official. 
According to Khoramabadi, the government is doing this in response to the request of Iranian citizens, who are supposedly up-in-arms about the film. However, the Guardian found that Iranian citizens don't seem to care about the film at all. In fact, a tweet from Golnaz Esfandiari, a blogger on the Radio Free Europe Website Persian Letters, said that the Iranian government is punishing its citizens over the movie. 
This move parallels another plan that the Iranian government has been planning: a national Internet. This means that Iran will have a countrywide network instead of those that run through the World Wide Web.
Clearly, the Iranian government is censoring its people from the contents of the film -- and with a national Internet, it can censor whatever it wants from citizens. Aside from controlling what its people see and hear, these efforts are also answers to security concerns. The country doesn't want any cyber attacks from the World Wide Web to obtain sensitive information. 
This is a pretty valid concern, considering Iran's oil industry was hit with a cyber attack this past April. On the other hand, Iran has been doing some hacking of its own, such as the U.S. Drone last year.  
Iran has already blocked many websites, such as Facebook. But Iranians can access the site via proxy servers or virtual private network services. 
Google and Gmail access has been spotty since the announcement that both will be filtered. Some citizens in Tehran said they've lost access while others in Isfahan can still view both.

Source: The Guardian

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Double standards?
By dark matter on 9/25/2012 2:46:17 AM , Rating: -1
We quite rightly are critical of the Iranian government censoring Youtube.

Yet seemingly are blind to the fact that our governments allow Multi-Nationals to censor ours.

Oh, and America is the country that has made the most amount of takedown requests on the globe.

Take about double standards.

Iran asks for one to be removed, and the Western Youtube says no.

America asks for thousands as do MPAA and RIAA and Youtube rolls over.


RE: Double standards?
By Manch on 9/25/2012 3:03:31 AM , Rating: 5
The owners of "the innocence of Muslims" posted there video on Youtube. The videos the MPAA & RIAA ask youtube to take down were posted by other people that do not own the copyrighted videos they posted.

Two different things, so there's no double standard here. I have no love for the MPAA or the RIAA, but these two things just aren't comparable.

Sounds like you were just trying to find an excuse to bash on America.

RE: Double standards?
By semiconshawn on 9/25/2012 6:40:25 AM , Rating: 2
He bashed America lets burn up our stuff and kill some people. He posted it on the Internet it must be true unless somebody takes it down.

RE: Double standards?
By semiconshawn on 9/25/2012 4:23:06 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, and America is the country that has made the most amount of takedown requests on the globe.

What a shocker the country where google is located and every govt agency from local to national has access has the most take down requests. No way. Who cares anyway a request is just that. If they forced or demanded lawful content removed that's different. A request is made and denied unless a law has been broken or there is a court order.

RE: Double standards?
By FITCamaro on 9/25/2012 8:47:42 AM , Rating: 3
So you're comparing copyright violations to freedom of speech?


RE: Double standards?
By nafhan on 9/25/2012 10:22:10 AM , Rating: 2
Many Americans are annoyed with both situations. It's not a case where you can only pick one. On top of that, as others have mentioned, it's not apples to apples. Copyright and the penalties for infringement are usually fairly clear from a legal perspective (even if you disagree with the laws), but "offensive" is pretty much the opposite: hard to define, lots of exceptions, and often no penalties for going against accepted definitions of what's offensive.

Plus, Youtube did block the video in a number of countries where the national government requested it. Your(?) government is keeping you safe from the bad people... don't worry.

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