Sunday saw the launch of the Iranian government’s website, the Mehr.ir – it is a user-generated video content site and in effect, their own version of YouTube.
The government hopes that it will help to promote the Iranian culture and the influence of Islam, throughout Persian-speaking groups.
For many years, the Iranian government has censored numerous YouTube videos from its population and the launch of Mehr comes after recently expressed desires to create a domestic Internet network for the country.
If this was brought into play, it would effectively cut off access to the international web and isolate the country’s residents (well those who don’t know how to get around blockades of this nature).
It will come as no surprise that the Mehr network will not host any material that could be deemed anti-Islamic and will be heavily censored.