An Iranian court ordered that the photo-sharing app Instagram be blocked over privacy concerns, a semi-official news agency reported on Friday.
The agency said a court order, stemming from a private lawsuit, had been given to Iran’s Ministry of Telecommunications to ban the site. However, users in Tehran, still could access the application around noon on Friday.
Officials with Instagram Inc. declined to comment.
In 2012, Iran created the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, tasked with preventing harm to Iranians who go online. Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters, ordered the creation of the council in order to fight what he called a “culture invasion” aimed at undermining the Islamic Republic.