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Iran Lifts Block On Gmail 46

Posted by timothy
from the consider-this-a-warning dept.
redletterdave writes "After blocking Google's Gmail service for a little more than a week, the Iranian government has decided to remove the digital barrier after a barrage of complaints, some of which came from Iran's own parliament. While the Iranian government has released no official statement as to why Google's Gmail service was blocked in the first place, several Iranian news agencies reported the ban was connected to the inflammatory anti-Islam film 'The Innocence of Muslims,' which had been uploaded to YouTube, one of Google Inc.'s many subsidiaries."
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Iran Lifts Block On Gmail

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  • by aicrules (819392) on Tuesday October 02, 2012 @11:18AM (#41526161)
    The video did not cause gmail to be blocked any more than the video caused terrorist attacks against US embassies. This is getting ridiculous. I mean, yes we joke that Iranian government is terribly inept, but would they really be so thick as to think blocking gmail had any meaningful impact on those who created/supported the video? The video is just serving as a gigantic red herring. More likely Iran had a real purpose behind the brief blockade, and throwing "The Video" out there as a reason is an attempt to distract from that reason.
  • the article is wrong (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 02, 2012 @12:08PM (#41526831)

    old news BS:

    "While the Iranian government has released no official statement as to why Google's Gmail service was blocked in the first place"

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/iran-lifts-block-on-gmail-a-week-after-barring-access-to-googles-popular-email-service/2012/10/01/02903854-0ba6-11e2-97a7-45c05ef136b2_story.html
    "On Monday, Mohammad Reza Aghamiri, a member of governmental Internet watchdog committee, told the semiofficial Mehr news agency that authorities have lifted the Gmail ban after resolving technical problems to separate YouTube and Gmail. As of Monday, YouTube is still blocked, while Gmail is now available."

    http://rt.com/news/line/2012-10-01/#id38227
    "The Gmail ban was an “involuntary” consequence of the censoring of Google's YouTube video-sharing site, Mohammad Reza Miri, a member of the ministry tasked with filtering the Internet in Iran said. The ministry is working to create new filters to block YouTube under the HTTPS protocol while leaving Gmail accessible. Iran blocked YouTube in mid-2009 amid opposition rallies protesting the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."

    slashdot is turning into a noob site

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