Iran launches Mehr, an alternative to ‘inappropriate’ YouTube

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With YouTube having been deemed inappropriate by Iran’s theocratic regime in 2009, the country is now launching an alternative site, called Mehr (meaning “affection”), that lets users upload and view content they create, and watch videos produced by the national broadcaster, IRIB. According to AFP, the site’s About Us page states its aims are to lure Persian-speaking users and advance Iranian culture.

Sites like YouTube and Facebook have been censored in Iran since a hotly-contested 2009 election that saw current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defeat moderate rival Mir Hossein Mousavi. More recently, the country has been ratcheting up control over what its citizens do online, announcing plans to launch a domestic intranet in early…

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