Facebook’s Zuckerberg summoned by Iranian court
Conservative officials want CEO to answer for privacy-breach allegations
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.