Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being sought after in Iranian court after a judge has determined that Instagram and Whatsapp (both of which fall underneath Facebook’s mighty umbrella ownership) is violating user’s privacy rights.
It’s highly unlikely (almost impossible) that Zuckerberg will choose to appear in court, not least because the US has no extradition laws with Iran.
This isn’t the first time that the Iranian legal system has taken issue with Zuckerberg’s collection of apps with another court reportedly ordering that Instagram be banned over ‘privacy concerns’.
Then of course there’s the small matter of Iranian censors banning WhatsApp on the grounds of Zuckerberg’s Jewish ubringing.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Iran’s head of the Committee on Internet Crimes, Abdolsamad Khorramabadi was quoted as saying: “The reason for this is the assumption of WhatsApp by the Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is an American Zionist”.
If WhatsApp and Instagram are both successfully banned they’ll join an elite group of banned websites and services including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Conversly though Iran’s new moderate government actually supports the idea of using social media, and has openly opposed censors who wish to block sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Sounds like Zuckerberg is a target of a political agenda. In 2014, a banned website just means an easy hurdle of hackers to jump, anyway.