Iran's morality police monitors local use of social networks

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 9.

By Temkin Jafarov, Saeed Isayev - Trend:

Iranian police is monitoring the local use of social networks, head of Iran's morality police, Masoud Zahedian said, ISNA reported.

Zahedian went on to add that the monitoring is being carried out in such networks as Facebook, as well as websites, such as Instagram, WeChat and others.

"We monitor these networks, and if there is some sort of a complaint, we will address it," he noted.

Several of world's most popular networks, such as Twitter and Facebook are banned in Iran, while users are still able to access them via proxies. It is while some of the officials are using the networks to spread statements and messages.

Early in 2013, Iran has been reported to be developing "intelligent software" that will allow government officials to control access to social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

The idea of the controlling software is to allow Iranian citizens to use social media for government-approved purposes while prohibiting citizens from using it to spread messages of dissent or organize protests.

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