15 Apr '18, 6pm

Iran bans foreign social media networks in schools - The Straits Times

TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran's ministry of education on Sunday (April 15) banned the use of foreign social media networks in schools, the ILNA news agency reported, amid a push by Tehran to limit the influence of outside online platforms. Schools must "only use domestic social networks" for their communication, the ministry said in a statement, according to the reformist-linked news agency. Telegram is the most popular social network in Iran. In 2017, the app claimed it had 40-million monthly users in the Islamic Republic. Instagram is also very popular, and companies in Iran - like elsewhere - often use both platforms to communicate directly with customers. Less used, Facebook and Twitter are blocked in Iran, but easily accessible using a virtual private network (VPN). During a wave of protests that hit dozens of Iranian cities over at the start of the year, Iranian authorities te...

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