Iran ‘Bans’ Whatsapp Over ‘Zionist’ Zuckerberg


Mark Zuckerberg is founder of Facebook, which owns Whatsapp

An odd purchase by Facebook

Iran has reportedly banned messaging app WhatsApp because it is owned by Facebook, founded by “Zionist” entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Iran’s censor has decided to ban the app, which was recently purchased by the social networking giant for $19bn (£11.3bn). Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, head of the country’s Committee on Internet Crimes, reportedly said: “The reason for this is the assumption of WhatsApp by the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is an American Zionist.” Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004, and is currently the company’s chief executive.


President Rouhani says he is opposed to any ban

He was raised as Jewish by his family in New York, but identifies as an atheist. News reports from Israel and the US cited Iran’s state news agency IRNA for the story. However, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani later tweeted that the Government was “fully opposed to filtering of WhatsApp”. Some reports have suggested the conflicting statements point to a dispute within the Government over the ban. Twitter and Facebook have been banned in Iran since 2009, when protests against former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gained momentum thanks to social media.

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` Facebook reportedly in talks to take-over over `Titan Aerospace’ and build its own fleet of Drones ‘

#AceSocialNews says that Facebook is reportedly in talks to take over an American-based aerospace company, and if so the social networking site could soon have its fleet of drones delivering the internet to currently unconnected people across the world.

TechCrunch was the first website to report this week on rumors that Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook is interesting in acquiring Titan Aerospace — a deal that is believed to be worth as much as $60 million.

But while that hefty sum is not exactly chump change, it’s just a fraction of what Facebook has spent on other acquisitions recently: Facebook bought mobile photo app Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock in 2012, and only weeks ago forked over nineteen-times that to acquire the rights to the WhatsApp program.

This time, however, Facebook could be getting its hands on some drones, and ideally harnessing the abilities of those unmanned aerial vehicles to bring the internet to the estimated 2.7 billion people currently without access.

Titan Aerospace is responsible for making near-orbital, solar-powered drones, and TechCrunch says Facebook could be spending millions of dollars to acquire the company and get around 11,000 of those small UAVs in return.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook’s new arsenal would be composed of Titan’s “Solara 60” UAVs, an aircraft that can carry a payload of 250 pounds apiece.

On the Titan website, the company explains that these drones can be used for anything from weather monitoring to disaster recovery to earth imaging, and provides customers with “easy access to real-time high-resolution images of the earth, voice and data services, and other atmospheric-based sensor systems.”

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