Smart filtering won’t block social networks in Iran
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 9
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Smart filtering will not block social networks in Iran, Iran's Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi said.
He said if the smart filtering system is launched, social networks will not be blocked completely, Iran's Mehr news agency reported on Jan. 8.
Pourmohammadi added that some social networks such as Viber, Whatsapp, and Line have endangered ethical and social health of people.
The government tries to let such social network be active through smart filtering and monitoring the networks technically, he noted.
Iran's proposed smart filtering system for websites provides access to users based on their condition and identity.
The Managing Director of Iran's Telecommunication Infrastructure Company Mahmoud Khosravi said on Dec. 8 that the system is pretty much like parental control.
"The content will be blocked in the access layer, instead of international gateway," he explained.
"The access layer will be defined based on ISPs, operators, or provinces. We haven't decided on that yet," Khosravi said.
Iran's Communications and Information Technology Minister Mahmoud Vaezi said on Nov. 24 that the ministry plans to launch a smart filtering system for websites.
"The system will determine which parts of a website are criminal. So just those parts will be blocked and the rest will be accessible," he said.