The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) has launched a censored YouTube-like website called Mehr. Mehr means “affection” in Persian. Mehr is aimed at attracting Persian-speaking users “and also promote Iranian culture.”
Users can upload their own short films on the website and access material produce by the IRIB. The Iranian government blocked access to Google in Febraury after an offensive video about Islam’s prophet was posted.
Google was re-added after access was blocked to all encrypted international websites that operate on an SSL protocol. Iran censored YouTube since 2009 because the website hosted several videos of voters being brutalized was uploaded. The murders of Neda Agha-Soltan and Sohrab Aarabi was uploaded on YouTube too.