A conservative Iranian court has started a case against instant messaging services WhatsApp and Instagram and summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over complaints of privacy violation.
The Iranian court in the southern province of Fars opened the cases against the social networks after citizens complained of breaches of privacy.
You can tell that the Iranian judges are going to be fair and reasonable. They even called Zuckerberg a Zionist because he grew up in New York in a Jewish family. Zuckerberg is actually an atheist.
Nevertheless the Iranians think that either he or his official attorney must appear in court to defend himself and pay for possible losses.
Zuckerberg, whose company owns WhatsApp and Instagram, is likely to tell the court to go forth and multiply. Even if he wanted to show up, Iran is still under international sanctions over its disputed nuclear activities and it is difficult for US citizens to secure travel visas. If he did show up there was a possibility that he might end up stoned, and not in a nice way.
It is fairly likely that the privacy case is just a pretext to get Facebook and WhatsApp banned in Iran. The more extreme conservatives see the World Wide Web as a threat because it enables its population to be informed, rather than told. Hell, they might even learn that there are different takes on the Muslim faith in which the prophet, peace be upon him, talks about treating women as equals and not the property of men.