TEHRAN, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Iran has restricted access to Google services including gmail over the anti-Islamic film posted on YouTube recently.
The gmail has been blocked since Sunday and the users cannot gain access to the service, the semi-official Mehr reported, adding that, according to an official in Iran's Supreme Council of Syber Space, the decision has been taken due to the public demand.
The anti-Islam film which was produced in the United States and "insults" Muslim's Prophet Mohammed has ignited violent protests across the Muslim world.
An unnamed official in Iran's IT organization told Mehr that the restriction of access for the Iranian users of gmail has been decided by the filtering sector of the Islamic republic to condemn the "insults" at the Islamic values.
Also, Kamiar Saqafi, the member of Iran's Supreme Council of Syber Space told Mehr that the users of Google services and YouTube "should self-restrict the use of such services and they, even, should not refer to these sites to check whether they are available or not."
Access to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter has not been possible for the Iranian users without using the VPN (virtual private network) filter pass software since 2009.
The Islamic republic has announced that it is planning to launch its own "domestic internet", or as it is alternatively called "clean internet", to safeguard the morality of the Islamic society.
The officials in communication sector of the country have also said that upon the completion of the "national internet" project, the governmental offices will be disconnected from worldwide internet services for the cyber security reasons.
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