Even in far off places, it seems that apps owned by Facebook such as WhatsApp and Instagram are disturbing their users over privacy. A judge in the Islamic Republic of Iran wants Mark Zuckerberg the CEO and co-founder of Facebook to appear in court to explain himself.
Zuckerberg and privacy usually do not go hand in hand. At one time, he was not interested in giving any privacy, but lately that has changed on an administrative level.
The Facebook CEO has been successful in getting away with it across the U.S. with a change here and there in policy, adding a couple of privacy options here and there.
However, one judge has decided the young CEO of Facebook should appear in court to explain himself.
A judge in the southern region of Iran decided to tell Zuckerberg he had to come to Iran.
The judge demanded the Facebook co-founder appear in court and explain why certain Iranians claim that WhatsApp and Instagram are invading their privacy.
It is not clear who the individuals are. Some believe they might be members of government who cannot resist taking a look or two at Instagram. Alternatively, they might be government members who are using WhatsApp to talk about matter of extreme importance.
What is very curious is how the apps can be used in the Islamic Republic. Facebook is not allowed.
Ruhollah Momen-Nasab an Internet official in Iran issued a formal statement that said the court had ruled that the Zionist director of Facebook or the attorney that officially represents him must appear before the court to defend himself as well as pay for losses if there are any.
Given that no extradition treaty exists between the U.S. and Iran, inviting or demanding that Zuckerberg appear in an Iranian courtroom would not be an easy task to accomplish.
The government of Iran is attempting to be more lenient with the Internet. Younger Iranians are savvy in being able to ignore the rules and enjoy the Internet. Even Mohammad Javad Zarif the Foreign Minister likes to post a tweet every now and then.