The deputy Prosecutor General of Iran announced that no officials anywhere in Iran have the authority to stop the filtering of Facebook as deemed necessary by the state body responsible for determining permissible activity on the internet.
The Aleph website reports on Saturday that a number of cities across the country are allowing access to Facebook.
Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, the deputy Prosecutor General, told Asr-e Iran on Sunday March 9: "The Ministry of Communications is the executor of the orders issued by the Working Group for Determination of Criminal Content, and any negligence of these orders will be an offence."
The Rohani administration has been vocal in its support for lifting the ban on Facebook access in Iran; however, the Working Group for Determination of Criminal Content, which is comprised of representatives from various government bodies, has so far rejected calls for a review of its policy regarding Facebook.
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- Iranian authorities have restored blocks on Facebook and Twitter after filters were removed from the social networks overnight. Iran's semiofficial Mehr news agency quoted Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, who is a senior member of the board overseeing the Internet in Iran, as saying the filters' removal had been caused by what appeared to be a technical failure. - 9/17/13
- The Iranian government department that monitors and filters internet use has announced it may end the Facebook prohibition for internet users in the country. Mohammadreza Aghamiri, a member of the presiding committee, said: "This could be made possible in the long run by smart filtering software that can separate criminal content from beneficial content." 9/11/13