Less than two weeks before the presidential elections in Iran, some Iranian parliamentary parties are pushing for more internet censorship with a bill on messaging apps.
Thousands of websites are already blocked in Iran, including the popular social networks Twitter and Facebook, and the new law could add social networks Instagram and WhatsApp to the list.
Parliamentarian Resa Taghipur has stated that all messaging services that do not comply with Iranian law will be banned and that any person who tries to access these types of platforms will be punished, Tasnim news agency said in an interview that it was withdrawn but collected in various ways.
The new bill is not expected to be on the agenda until after the presidential elections on June 18. Before that, it would also be a problem for the seven presidential candidates, who are all active on Twitter despite the official ban, including the front runner Raeissi.