AP reported, via “semiofficial” news agency ISNA, that Ruhollah Momen Nasab, an official with the paramilitary Basij force, said Zuckerberg was ordered to appear in court by a judge in southern Iran over claims that Facebook-owned applications Instagram and WhatsApp are violating the privacy of the country’s citizens, adding that the judge also ordered the blocking of the two apps.
According to AP, another Iranian court also ordered that Instagram be blocked last week, but both apps were still accessible at the time of the AP report Tuesday. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social networks are officially banned in Iran, AP pointed out, but many Iranians access the sites via proxy servers.
AP also pointed out that since there is no extradition treaty between Iran and the U.S., there is virtually no chance of Zuckerberg appearing in an Iranian court.
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