Iran reportedly creating software to allow controlled access to social networks

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According to local media, Iran’s latest effort to control internet access would reportedly give citizens “restricted and controlled” access to prohibited social networking sites, the AFP reports. Iran has had an uneasy relationship with the web, especially as political tension between it and the United States government has widened; the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa outlawing anti-filtering tools that help citizens access blocked material on the internet in May, and the country has reportedly been working on a government-run network that would operate “largely isolated” from the rest of the internet, fearing Western attacks. But some citizens have ignored the bans, bypassing Iranian filters and controls…

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