Popular messaging app WeChat banned in Iran

Thanks to what is reported to be a govt. directive, Iranian citizens will now lose access to WeChat.

Iran, like a few other countries like China and Pakistan, is rather sensitive to social media and networks similar. Nationals of many a country have had to give up a lot of their internet freedom owing to such directives, which usually cite the ‘open nature’ of such platform that might be misused. Coming back to Iran and WeChat, the latter is a popular messaging app with its roots in China, with over 100 million of its users based outside the country.

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Following govt. directives, Internet Service Providers in Iran have blocked access to the site. According to Tech in Asia, the ban was put 5 days ago. This move by the Iranian govt. has provoked people to speak up against internet censorship, and many have taken to other means of social media like Twitter (which ironically is banned as well; proxy servers to the rescue) in a bid to have their voices heard.

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  1. Danial
    December 24, 2013

    I’m from iran and i’m really surprised that this new is spreading worldwide =D but don’t worry guys we use proxy for everything in iran 😀

  2. pa5t1s
    December 25, 2013

    WeShut is the new name…

  3. tom
    December 25, 2013

    Gov’t thinks their better than the people, treating the community like sub-humans. Are they living in a backwards society or what?!

  4. Ali
    December 25, 2013

    some apps and website banned here …
    Normlly people use proxy servers for access these services
    HTTPS port banned too!!!

  5. BGg
    December 26, 2013

    However, other messaging apps such as WhatsApp, LINE, and KakaoTalk are on the loose in Iran. I like to hear Tencent’s comment on its product WeChat being banned in Iran.

  6. Bu Hao
    December 26, 2013

    Good riddance! you don’t want the Chinese Govt spying on you. Trust me, it’s worst than the CIA. They spy for anyone who pays, even the Military-Industrial complex. How hard is it for young people in Iran to write your own messenger running on peer to peer route to end user thereby avoiding a server or any static IP..