Facebook’s Zuckerberg summoned by Iranian court

Conservative officials want CEO to answer for privacy-breach allegations

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg summoned by Iranian court Zuckerberg has been summoned by a conservative court in Fars to answer for privacy violations. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  May 28, 2014

An Iranian court has summoned Facebook Inc's CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer allegations of privacy violation, Reuters reported.

The conservative court in the southern province of Fars also opened cases against messaging platform WhatsApp and photo-sharing service Instagram, both of which are owned by Facebook. The actions were taken in the midst of complaints by private citizens about privacy breaches.

"According to the court's ruling, the Zionist director of the company of Facebook, or his official attorney must appear in court to defend himself and pay for possible losses," said Ruhollah Momen-Nasab, an Iranian Internet official, including a reference to Zuckerberg's Jewish background.

Recently elected moderate president, Hassan Rouhani is reportedly in favour of greater Internet freedom in the Islamic republic, but the conservative judiciary continues to pursue a policy of strict controls.

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