Iran launches YouTube-like video-sharing site
Iran has unveiled a video-sharing website for Persian speakers that could be part of its larger plan to build a national intranet separate from the World Wide Web.
Newswire AFP reported on Sunday that the website, which is called “Mehr,” which means affection in Farsi, targets Persian-speaking users around the world and aims to promote Iranian culture.
AFP said the website competes with Google’s YouTube, whose content the Iranian regime calls inappropriate. PCMag reported that Mehr only shows government-approved videos.
About Mehr, Lotfollah Siahkali, Deputy Head of Broadcasting of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRIB), said: “Now people can upload their short films to the website and access [IRIB] material produced. »
The report notes that Iran has systematically censored YouTube since mid-2009. The country has shut down access to several foreign internets as it tries to set up a national intranet. In September, it cut off access to
which was supposed to be in retaliation for the internet giant hosting an anti-Islamic video on YouTube.
The government took its e-government services offline in early August to protect against cyberattacks. It planned to transfer its e-government services to its national intranet, but experts said such a move was
as this will limit accessibility to these services for citizens.