Iran announced that it has banned Google’s popular Gmail service. The government’s telecommunication service has also disrupted Internet access and text messaging services, likely in an attempt to quell any opposition protests as the country celebrates today’s anniversary of the Islamic Republic. The Wall Street Journal reported that the government has even gone so far as to confiscate satellite dishes and mobile phones from individuals it identifies as key opposition members.
A national email service will be introduced to replace GMail, but it’s likely all accounts created on it will be closely monitored and even censored.
Gmail has had no comment on the ban.
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