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Iran Judiciary Moves to Ban Google Play

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ITO’s deputy for legal affairs and the head of Iran ICT Guild Organization discuss the judicial order over banning Google Play in Iran
Iran Judiciary Moves to Ban Google Play
Iran Judiciary Moves to Ban Google Play

Iran’s judiciary has issued an order calling on local internet service providers to block access to Google Play.
Over the past few days, a scanned copy of the judicial order signed by Javad Javidnia, the interim chief of the judiciary’s Cyberspace Department, was published on social media which called for its implementation “as soon as possible”.
The letter states that the decision to ban Google Play has been made by Iran’s Taskforce for Determining Criminal Content (aka Iran's Filtering Committee)—a 12-member committee of representatives from executive and legislative arms headed by the prosecutor general.
Some Iranian state authorities consider online censorship as filtering, which is aimed at cleansing the web of illegal, offensive and harmful content for the general public.
In a talk with Financial Tribune, Mohammad Jafar Nanakar, Iran Information Technology Organization’s deputy for legal affairs, and Mohammad Baqer Asnaashari, the head of Iran ICT Guild Organization, discussed the order and its possible impact.
Nanakar confirmed that the judiciary’s Cyberspace Department has issued the order banning Google Play in Iran, although he believes that the move would backfire.


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