Tehran:An Iranian official says Tehran plansto create its own search engine and e-mail service to replaceGoogle and its Gmail e-mail service, even as it weightslifting a ban on Gmail enacted in response to an anti-Islamfilm.
Reports today by Iranian newspapers including theindependent Aftab daily quote Deputy TelecommunicationsMinister Ali Hakim Javadi as saying he hoped to launch theFakhr search engine and Fajr e-mail in the near future.
Hakim Javadi said authorities are discussing lifting theban on Gmail imposed by an Iranian court in response to theposting of the film on YouTube, which is owned by Google.
Google’s search engine service is still available.Tehran has long promised to launch its own “clean” and”national” version of the Internet to curb Western influence.
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