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Iran restores Google services

Following last week’s ban
Mon Oct 01 2012, 12:46
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IRAN reportedly has lifted its block on Google services including Gmail, its popular email service.

We reported the block last week and Google confirmed it. This week via the BBC, we learn that Google is back online in the country, but its video sharing website Youtube is not.

Apparently the country had some problems with enforcing the ban, and while it wanted to ban only some parts of Google's services it found that it could not be so precise.

"We wanted to block Youtube, and Gmail was also blocked, which was involuntary," said Iran's telecommunications ministry committee.

"We do not yet have enough technical know-how to differentiate between these two services," added committee member Mohammad Reza Miri.

"We absolutely do not want Youtube to be accessible. That is why the telecommunications ministry is seeking a solution to fix the problem to block Youtube under the HTTPS [Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure] protocol while leaving Gmail accessible. That will soon happen."

Iran's ban followed protests in some Middle Eastern countries against the inflammatory anti-Islamic propaganda film called Innocence of Muslims. µ


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