Google Inc. (GOOG) Being Filtered From Iran, Video Blamed

Google Inc.Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been ardently defending the YouTube video that is being blamed for all of the Middle East unrest, but now that move is challenging Internet freedom in Iran, as the video had been blacked out in some Middle Eastern countries by YouTube so users cannot access it, but apparently it has been filtered out in Iran – and now the Iranian government is taking matters into its own hands.

Reports out of the Islamist state are that the Iranian government, in response to Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and YouTube, is filtering out Google Search, YouTube, and Gmail from everyone in the country. While the government line is that this move is to protest the anti-Islam film that has been blamed for much of the unrest in the Middle East, there are others who say this move is more meant to promote an Iranian “national Internet” that was supposed to launch over the weekend.

A state-controlled Internet would dramatically impact the influence and reach of Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) in Iran, as the government has apparently been trying to establish its own web sites and search engine. Reports from several citizens in different Iranian cities have confirmed that Google Search and Gmail have been blocked from users, which of course can be problematic for Iranians who rely on Gmail accounts as their way to communicate through the Web. A Canada-based Iranian blogger posted, “Cutting off access to Google Search essentially pushes a significantly larger population towards looking for ways to be able to get around the filtering regime. A result of this process is not necessarily a ‘better’ or ‘more free’ Internet, but, nevertheless, the current course of action is not going to help the Iranian establishment either. They are pushing people towards a more vigilant approach to the Internet. They are telling people ‘go learn how to use a VPN’, and I foresee that being exactly what is going to happen.”

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is getting involved, pushing a campaign through Iran to encourage users to push for a free Internet, which includes ensuring access to Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG). There is a possibility that this filtering may expand beyond Iran. Google stands for free speech, but will this affect the bottom line for the company and for investors, like hedge-fund manager Chase Coleman of Tiger Global Management LLC?

blog comments powered by Disqus
Insider Monkey Headlines
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months Click to see monthly returns in table format!

Lists

The 10 Biggest Airports in the World

The 5 Most Gang Infested Cities In America

The 34 Smartest Countries in the World

The 10 Countries with the Highest Suicide Rates

The 10 Most Technologically Advanced Countries in the World

The 10 Safest Countries in the World to Live in Peace

The 10 Top Selling Smartphones in the World 2014

The 12 Biggest Shopping Centers in the World

The 10 Friendliest Countries in the World

Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (QIHU), Actavis plc (ACT), Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Among 20 Long Ideas from Sohn Canada

The 10 Laziest Countries in the World

The 10 Most Polluted Countries in the World

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in America 2014

The Top 10 Gold Producing Countries in the World

The 10 Tallest Buildings in the World

The 10 Richest Stand Up Comedians in the World

The 10 Fattest Countries in the World

The 5 Best Summer Jobs for Teens

The 10 Most Religious Countries in the World Keeping the Faith

The 10 Most Educated Countries in the World

The 10 Most Popular Cell Phones in the World

The 10 Drunkest Countries in the World

The 10 Most Expensive Private Schools in the World

The 10 Smallest Countries in the World

Walking Dead Season 5 Spoilers You’ll Wish You Didn’t Know

The 10 Poorest Countries in the World

The 10 Greenest Countries in the World

The Top 10 Countries with the Highest Population in the World

The 10 Most Visited Countries in the World

The Top 10 Star Wars Characters in the Iconic Series

The 10 Most Expensive Android Phones in the World

5 Reasons Why The Illuminati Is Real and a Threat to Society

The 6 Scariest Halloween Costumes Ever Screamed At

The 4 Biggest Hedge Fund Managers in the World Today

The 15 Most Densely Populated Countries in the World

The 10 Biggest Tea Drinking Countries in the World

Top 6 Ways to Improve Your Checkout Process and Close Sales

The 5 Most Profitable Online Businesses You Can Start Today

The 20 Most Profitable Hospitals in the US

The 5 Most Profitable Home Businesses to Start

The 7 Teams that Will Win the Stanley Cup in 2015

The Top 10 Most Expensive Digital Cameras to Snap Stunning Shots With

The 10 Highest Quality Fast Food Restaurants In America Today

The 8 Best Halloween Decorating Ideas to Spook Up Your House

10 Marvel Women that Should Get a Movie Right Now

The 20 Best Remixes of Popular Songs that Will Make You Forget the Originals

7 Most Expensive Cities in the World

5 Least Expensive Cities in the World

10 Celebrities Who Believe In Scientology

10 High Margin Food Products to Build a Business Around

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!