As the elections draw near in Iran, they have blocked access to Facebook.
“Every single media outlet that is seen as competition for Ahmadinejad is at risk of being closed,” said a top aide. “Placing limits on the competition is the top priority of the government.”
“Facebook is one of the only independent sources that the Iranian youth could use to communicate.”
A spokesperson for Facebook said, “We are disappointed to learn of reports that users in Iran may not have access to Facebook, especially at a time when voters are turning to the Internet as a source of information about election candidates and their positions.”
“We believe that people around the world should be able to use Facebook to communicate and share information with their friends, family and co-workers. It is always a shame when a country’s cultural and political concerns lead to limits being placed on the opportunity for sharing and expression that the Internet provides.”elections, Facebook, government, Iran, national security