Iran says to resolve Gmail access soon
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 28 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Judicial commission spokesman Mohammad Ali Isfanani said that the Islamic Republic will soon restore the access to Gmail in the country, IRNA reported.
Isfanani noted that access to Gmail was blocked due to the fact that both Youtube and Google function on the same servers, and Youtube has been blocked earlier for storing anti-Islamic film about Prophet Mohammed.
Despite numerous notifications, the film "Innocence of Muslims" is still available on Youtube.
The access to Google and Youtube has been blocked in Iran nearly a week ago, because of the controversial film.
According to Secretary of the Internet criminal content control committee Abdul Samad Khoramabadi, the move was initiated due to numerous requests from internet users in the country, with connection to the film.
"Google and Gmail will be filtered throughout the country until further notice," Khoramabadi noted.
Iran has one of the biggest Internet filters of any country in the world, preventing normal Iranians from accessing countless sites on the official grounds they are offensive or criminal.
Iranians commonly overcome the government filter by using virtual private network (VPN) software that makes the computer appear as if it is based in another country.