Facebook CEO summoned to Iran court over WhatsApp violations
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg has reportedly been summoned to appear in an Iranian court over alleged privacy violations by WhatsApp and Instagram.

A southern-Iranian judge has ordered the CEO of Facebook, which previously purchased both WhatsApp and Instagram, to answer questions about complaints by Iranian individuals that claim their privacy has been invaded by Facebook-owned apps, according to Iranian news agency IRNA.

However a Prosecutor of Shiraz General and Revolutionary Courts denied on Tuesday night that the CEO had been summoned and described the international news reports to be a „sheer lie.“

Facebook has not yet publicly commented on the alleged court summons. As there is no extradition treaty between Iran and the US, it is unlikely that the social media entrepreneur would make an appearance in the Iranian court.

Both WhatsApp and Instagram are reportedly still operational in Iran, although a different judge last week ruled that they are to be blocked. Although Facebook is already blocked by the Iranian government, many Iranians use proxy servers to bypass the embargo.

„Why don’t we trust our youth?“

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has shown an interest in relaxing Iran’s strict internet censorship laws. „We should see the cyber world as an opportunity.“

Iran’s senior leaders have unrestricted access to social media platforms, and several of the country’s important politicians are active Twitter users.

Feature image: DEAUVILLE, FRANCE – MAY 26, 2011 : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Press conference at the summit G8/G20 about new technologies – Deauville, France on May 26 2011 via Shutterstock / copyright: Frederic Legrand

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