(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Gmail is making a comeback in the middle-eastern country of Iran.
Last week, a variety of reports noted that the Islamic Republic had moved to block access to the key Google service. Anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims now appears to be a primary reason for the ban.
The removal of Gmail appeared unintentional with the country’s telecommunications ministry issuing a statement regarding the move. “We wanted to block YouTube, and Gmail was also blocked, which was involuntary,” commented a representative to the BBC.
The spokesperson also pointed out the country did not currently have “enough technical know-how to differentiate between these two services.”
Iran, meanwhile, is working further to ensure that YouTube stays blocked amid fury sparked by the amateur anti-Islam film appearing on the site.
Citizens of the country have commonly used proxy services to get around state-imposed bans. Iran is said to be readying its own internet network amid heightened security concerns over state-backed viruses including Flame and Stuxnet.
Blocking Google services worldwide are not uncommon. China notoriously maintains bans on a number of websites as well, seeking to stifle outside influence.