Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Summoned by Court - in Iran

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
AP/Ben MargotFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
TEHRAN, Iran -- A judge in southern Iran has ordered Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court to answer complaints by individuals who say Facebook-owned applications Instagram and Whatsapp violate their privacy, semiofficial news agency ISNA reported Tuesday.

It quoted Ruhollah Momen Nasab, an official with the paramilitary Basij force, as saying that the judge also ordered the two apps blocked. It is highly unlikely that Zuckerberg would appear in an Iranian court since there is no extradition treaty between Iran and the United States. Other Iranian courts have in recent years issued similar rulings that could not be carried out.

Another Iranian court last week had ordered Instagram blocked over privacy concerns. However, users in the capital, Tehran, still could access both applications around noon Tuesday. In Iran, websites and Internet applications have sometimes been reported blocked but remained operational.

Facebook (FB) is already officially banned in the country, along with other social websites like Twitter (TWTR) and YouTube (GOOG) as well as their mobile apps. However some senior leaders like Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are active on Twitter, and many Iranians use proxy servers to access banned websites and applications.

While top officials have unfettered access to social media, Iran's youth and technology-savvy citizens use proxy servers or other workarounds to bypass the controls.

The administration of moderate President Hassan Rouhani is opposed to blocking such websites before authorities create local alternatives. Social media has offered a new way for him and his administration to reach out to the West as it negotiates with world powers over the country's contested nuclear program.

"We should see the cyber world as an opportunity," Rouhani said last week, according to the official IRNA news agency. "Why are we so shaky? Why don't we trust our youth?"

Hard-liners, meanwhile, accuse Rouhani of failing to stop the spread of what they deem as "decadent" Western culture in Iran.

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Jack Adler

Most people of Iran are freedom loving people. However, their present day leaders, the Ayatola, is the Hitler on the Middle East. They support every HATE group.

May 27 2014 at 11:54 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
leguponwild1

Let someone that won't sell out the American worker take over FB. The Iranian's can have this horses a$$!

May 27 2014 at 7:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cvanac8550

As soon as you sign on to Facebook,Linkedin,or any of these social media outlets you give up your privacy...It took me two letters to the CEO of Linkedin before I could get get my account closed....... and why is it that on many sites you have to have a facebook account to leave a comment. Even my real estate web search tries to lead me in to sign on with my facebook account...Don't have one and never will remember this to...REAL MEN DON'T "TWEET" .when I hear men talking about "Tweeting" I just shake my head in bewilderment...

May 27 2014 at 4:50 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
jdykbpl45

Jail the B------!

May 27 2014 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

I'm sure he's going to put on his hoodie and run right over there

May 27 2014 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davefbbac

Send Dennis Rodman.........

May 27 2014 at 3:25 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

You could asign a visa worker to go your place and meanwhile hire an American to replace the visa worker because they aren't coming back.

May 27 2014 at 3:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

No one is going to fall for that trap. Iran just executed a Billionaire. Not exactly a Kosher place to visit. Enough said!

May 27 2014 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply