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Stoning YouTube, Facebook, And Google In Iran

Muslim pilgrims throw pebbles at pillars during the ritual known as the stoning of Satan in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, during the hajj.
Muslim pilgrims throw pebbles at pillars during the ritual known as the stoning of Satan in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, during the hajj.
The "stoning of the devil" is one of the rituals performed at the hajj during which pilgrims throw pebbles at three pillars that represent the devil.

At a recent exhibition of digital media in Iran, a similar ritual was reportedly staged against YouTube, Facebook, and Google -- apparently because the Iranian authorities consider them to be evil.

A picture from the exhibition, which was held last month, shows three black pillars representing YouTube, Facebook, and Google, and stones on the ground.

Here is another picture from the exhibition, widely shared on social media, that appears to show the stoning of YouTube.

Blogger "Uranus," who shared the picture, writes that YouTube was stoned because the videos of "the crimes" of the Iranian establishment are available on the website. "Those that you don't want anyone to see because just watching five minutes of your actions will result in washing away years of your brainwashing [efforts]," Uranus writes.

Many Iranians who used their phones to document the 2009 postelection violence by pro-government forces posted the videos on YouTube. One of those YouTube videos documented the last moments of Neda Agha Soltan, a young woman shot dead during the antigovernment protests who became one of the symbols of the opposition movement.

Iranian authorities have in the past warned against the use of social-networking sites.

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by: Mushvig from: Azerbaijan
November 08, 2011 10:03
i consider it as a blow from black-ages clerics to modern life. Shame on people who hates improvement and development.

by: Ivan from: California
November 08, 2011 18:36
Rest in Peace Neda

by: Blah from: 1@1.com
November 10, 2011 05:12
Leave them be! They just hilly-billies and there's no such thing as the black ages. It's called Dark/Middle Ages, where two religions fight the supremacy of a land once revered.

Iran should kill off the use of online Flash technologies so that its civilians would be elitely trained in more robust web technologies. I hate Flash for clunking my download speeds. Sorry gamers, but C/Java surely brings more experience. Php is a start.

by: Hamik C Gregory from: Reno, NV USA
November 10, 2011 16:49
Excessive paranoia, displayed by the Iranian leadership, is a symptom of a political system that rules unjustly!

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