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Iranian judge orders Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court

The judge wants Zuckerberg to answer questions about privacy concerns regarding Instagram and WhatsApp.
By Evan Bleier   |   May 27, 2014 at 9:01 AM  |  Updated May 27, 2014 at 9:11 AM   |   Comments

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TEHRAN, May 27 (UPI) -- Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been ordered to appear before an Iranian court to answer questions about applications Instagram and WhatsApp violating the privacy of users.

According to reports, the judge also ordered that both of the applications be blocked.

Other social websites and applications -- such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube -- have already been banned in the country.

Even though Twitter is banned in Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif still uses his account actively.


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has also spoken out in favor of social media in the past.

"We should see the cyber world as an opportunity," Rouhani reportedly said last week. "Why are we so shaky? Why don't we trust our youth?"

Despite the judge's order, Zuckerberg will probably not be appearing in court because there is no extradition treaty between Iran and the United States.

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