Authorities in Iran have reopened access to Google’s Gmail e-mail service after it was blocked last week. It is now thought that the Gmail service was taken offline as a consequence of the government’s continuing efforts to restrict the availability of the Google-owned video sharing site YouTube. A report from AFP quotes communications ministry official Mohammad Reza Miri as saying: ‘We wanted to block YouTube and Gmail was also blocked, which was involuntary.’ He added: ‘We absolutely do not want YouTube to be accessible. That is why the telecommunications ministry is seeking a solution to fix the problem to block YouTube under the HTTPS protocol while leaving Gmail accessible. That will soon happen.’ The HTTP version of Google’s search engine has not been affected by the recent filtering, but the HTTPS site did go offline in Iran.
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