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Iran developing "intelligent software" which could soon give citizens controlled access to banned social media

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By Jennifer Faull, Deputy Editor

January 6, 2013 | 1 min read

Social Networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, are blocked by an official filtering system which is part of Iran’s strict Internet censorship.

Many web users in Iran have found ways around the blocks through sophisticated software known as VPN despite it being declared illegal in Iran.

However Iran’s police chief, Esmaeil Ahmadi Moghadam, has come out as saying that ''smart control'' of social networks would ''not only avoid their disadvantages, but will also allow people to benefit from their useful aspects''.

According to Ahmadi Moghadam, "the designing of intelligent software to control social networking websites" is underway.

He continued: "Smart control of social networks is better than filtering them completely."

His comments came after the highly publicised launch of a Facebook page dedicated to the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last year.

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