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Iran minister: WhatsApp, Viber shutdown won't solve problem

Iran's Communication Minister Mahmoud Vaezi, in response to the judiciary's request to shut down WhatsApp, Viber and Tango, said it would not solve the issue at hand.
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In response to a final order by the judiciary to close down mobile messaging services WhatsApp, Viber and Tango, Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi said that it would have no effect. “Our technical studies indicate that the number of social networks such as WhatsApp, Viber and Tango is so numerous that shutting them down is not the solution,” said Communications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi Oct. 1 to reporters.

He added, “To think that by shutting down social media networks problems will be resolved; there is a difference of opinion that in cooperation with the judiciary we have to find a common solution for.”

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