YouTube has been officially blocked in Iran since 2009, though many Iranians manage to circumvent the ban and access the site. Now the Islamic Republic has announced the launch of its own rival website for Persian speakers.
reported Lotfollah Siahkali of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) said: ""From now on, people can upload their short films on the Web site and access [IRIB] produced material."
The new website mehr.ir
is allegedly part of Iranian plans to develop its own Intranet, which Naharnet
describes as a "walled-off national intranet separate from the worldwide Internet." The planned Iranian Intranet will be free of content deemed un-Islamic.
reported "YouTube owners Google declined to comment on the launch of Mehr."