It wasn’t temporary, either. According to the Wall Street Journal,the ban is to be permanent – i.e.
Apparently, there were to be major protests in Iran on theanniversary of the country’srevolution.Such a banning of animportant internet feature was supposed to be a way to prevent the protest from happening. Our sources don’t tell us whether or not itworked, but that isn’t completely relevant. The point is, the Iraniangovernment clearly thought that banning Gmail would work.Yes! I so knew I could convince them to ban it. Ali, you owe metwenty rial.
Why It’s Ridiculous
Gmail is not the only email service in the world. In fact, the toptwo email providers are Yahoo!Mailand Windows Live Hotmail.They have the most users. It would be slightly less ridiculous if thegovernment had banned both of those, but
, they chose Gmail.Further, banning the spread of messaging the day before the protestwould occur would probably not stop the protest from happening.