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With US on the Warpath, Iran’s Press TV the Latest Target for Google’s Political Censorship

makeAhistory.comMOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA — Press TV — the Iranian government-funded TV news outlet — has been “shut down” on Google’s platforms, including YouTube and Gmail. The move coincides with similar action taken against HispanTV, an Iranian Spanish-language channel. With increasing repression of Iran’s official vehicles of communication to the world, the country’s voice is stifled in front of international audiences — and that’s the goal. “The Google account for [Press TV] was disabled and can’t be restored because it was used in a way that violates Google’s policies,” the company told the outlet in an email. The internet behemoth refused to offer any further reason. Press TV noted that Google “has refused to offer an explanation for shutting down the accounts.” They add that they have violated “none” of Google’s listed policies.   A consistent target of censorship Iran has been on the receiving end of more than its share of censorship. Facebook has repeatedly banned “networks” it believes are “tied to Iran.” Meanwhile, both Press TV and HispanTV have faced prior crackdowns from Google. Recently, Instagram banned a number

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