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Iran seeks alternatives to Google, Gmail: Report

PTI Tehran | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on September 30, 2012

An Iranian official says Tehran plans to create its own search engine and e-mail service to replace Google and its Gmail e-mail service, even as it weights lifting a ban on Gmail enacted in response to an anti-Islam film.

Reports today by Iranian newspapers including the independent Aftab daily quote Deputy Telecommunications Minister Ali Hakim Javadi as saying he hoped to launch the Fakhr search engine and Fajr e-mail in the near future.

Ali Hakim Javadi said authorities are discussing lifting the ban on Gmail imposed by an Iranian court in response to the posting of the film on YouTube, which is owned by Google.

Google’s search engine service is still available.

Tehran has long promised to launch its own “clean” and “national” version of the Internet to curb Western influence.

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Published on September 30, 2012
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