Video sharing website aims to promote Iranian culture, but videos will need to be approved by the government first.
It’s not called IranTube, but Iran has launched its own YouTube-like website for its Persian audience.
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Called ‘Mehr’, which means affection in Farsi, it aims to provide local content and promote Iranian Culture. According to PCMag, Mehr only shows government-approved videos.
“From now on, people can upload their short films on the Web site and access [IRIB] produced material,” said Lotfollah Siahkali, Deputy Chief of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.
This doesn’t come as a surprise since Iran has been heavily censoring YouTube since mid-2009. In September, the Iranian government cut off access to Google’s search and email services which it believed was helping in the retaliation against the government. This also comes among rumors that the Iranian government plans to launch it’s own Intranet to better restrict its people’s access to un-Islamic content.