Google Confirms Gmail and YouTube Blocked in Iran

We reported last week that Iran has been blocking all SSL sites including Google in preparation the forthcoming anniversary of its 1979 revolution.

The report has been confirmed officially by the search giant, as the company revealed that several of its services have been blocked in the country by the local government.

This is not the first time that Iran blocked the SSL sites. The country has taken this sort of steps in the past as well. According to the search giant, the Internet users in Iran have been unable to access its encrypted search, YouTube

and Gmail services since February 10. It is not only the Google’s products that are inaccessible in the country; there are several other major websites which are inaccessible in the country for last some days.

While citing Iran’s Mehr News Agency, Bloomberg reports that over 30 million Iranian Internet users have been affected by the blockage as they have been unable to access their email accounts, including Gmail and Hotmail. The News Agency also points out that Information Technology Organization and the Telecommunication Infrastructure Co. of Iran said that it is unaware of the fact.

However, the monopoly Iran has on the Internet in the country is not a new phenomenon – given the fact that the local authorities are pondering over to plan ‘its own Internet’ for the country. Blocking of the websites is not a new thing done in Iran, as there are several websites which are still inaccessible in the country since years, including many tech blogs. We aren’t even sure even our own website is accessible their or not.

We are trying to reach Google for further comments. Stay tuned and we will get back to you with more updates on this as soon as possible.

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