Iran Replaces YouTube With Mehr

by Mike on December 10, 2012

Iranian Replaces YouTube With Mehr

Sometimes, we can take our freedoms for granted. The ability stream videos from YouTube without government censorship is a luxury that isn’t afforded to citizens all around the world. In some parts of the world, the government tries to maintain strict controls of just what their citizens are watching.

Take for instance Iran, a country that has tried to ban websites such as Facebook and YouTube. Today, we have learnt that Iran will be getting a local video streaming website, but it’s likely to be censored. Sure, you’ll probably get your share of silly videos but on more sensitive topics, there will likely be regulation.

The website’s url is mehr.ir and its goal is to promote both Iranian culture and Islam. It’s unlikely that we will ever find out just how regulated this website will be, but suffice it to say that it will not be as open as YouTube or there would be no reason to ban Google’s video sharing website. We’ll have to see just how this new website fairs. As we know, countries can try and ban websites, but it isn’t always as straightforward as that because users can turn to proxies and other methods to gain access to their favourite websites again.

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