JNS.org – An IranianÂ court handling the privacy case against social media apps WhatsApp and Instagram has called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was labeled as a “Zionist” due to his Jewish heritage, to appear before the court.
“According to the court’s ruling, the ZionistÂ director of the company of Facebook, or his officialÂ attorney must appear in court to defend himself and pay for possible losses,” said Ruhollah Momen-Nasab, an IranianÂ Internet official, the state-runÂ Iranian Students’ News Agency reported.
Zuckerberg’s Facebook, which owns WhatsApp and Instagram, has been accused of violating Iranian citizens’ privacy.
Last week, an Iranian court announced that Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app, would be blocked over privacy concerns.
Instagram joins a number of popular social mediaÂ apps blocked in Iran, including Facebook and Twitter. Despite the ban, a number of Iranian leaders such as President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei operate their own social mediaÂ accounts on Twitter and Instagram.