Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg called to court in Iran

News by Ava Fedorov

Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has been summoned to court in Iran, facing allegations of public privacy violations. Iranian judiciary officials have ordered a ban on Facebook-owned apps, Instagram and WhatsApp, following complaints of alleged privacy breaches and other problems, according to the AFP.

Blocking access to social networks, including Twitter and Facebook, is still a matter of routine in Iran, though current President, Hassan Rouhani, has vowed greater social, cultural and media tolerance. 

Such efforts in Rouhani's “fledgling push” have been continually thwarted by traditionalists and ultra-conservatives that “hold sway in the establishment and key institutions,” despite the President's more moderate stance.

With Zuckerberg dubbed the "Zionist manager of Facebook,” AFP notes that this case against the Silicon Valley leader is one that “underscores the gulf between Iranian moderates and conservatives.”

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