After this video (A young woman being thrown into a police car for not properly covering her head) was splashed all over the Internet, did anyone else wonder how long before the Islamic Republic of Iran would respond?
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s Telecommunications Ministry will start filtering “immoral” video and audio messages sent via mobile phones, state television reported on Saturday.
The Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, a body set up after Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, has instructed the ministry to buy the equipment needed to prevent any misuse of Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), it said.
MMS allows users to send multimedia messages that include images, video and audio.
” … in order to prevent possible misuse of MMS, immoral actions and social problems, the Telecommunications Ministry will filter immoral MMS,” the television said.
It did not give details of the techniques it would use to filter such messages, when it would start or how it would define “immoral” messages.
This is not the first time that there have been issues with cell phones in Iran.
When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got an anonymous text message suggesting he didn’t wash enough, he did not take it lying down.He fired the president of the phone company, had four people arrested, took other legal action and accused those involved of conspiring with the Israeli foreign intelligence service Mossad, according to the Iranian opposition website Rooz Online.