Iran may shut down social media

Iran Prosecutor General Mohammad Javad Montazeri said that social media websites may be shut down in the country, saying, “although there are certain advantages of the internet, it can also turn into a hellish platform.”

Responding to criticism on internet limitations in the country, Montazeri said, “They tell us to not close certain applications and not limit the people’s freedoms. What kind of freedom is this?”

“The West is waging war against Muslim communities with all of their tools. Even a country like China with it’s small Muslim community is not allowing for Western culture to enter its lands,” the prosecutor said.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani had promised to ease limitations on the internet and the press in the country when he came into power in 2013. However, this has been severely criticised by the country’s ultra-conservative opposition.