If you’re one of those people who practically lives on Facebook, you’ll know how frustrating it is when you don’t have access to it. Maybe your Internet has gone down, your phone doesn’t have signal or your place of work has banned it (heaven forbid!).
Imagine then that your entire country had banned access to Facebook and nowhere you could go would allow you to log on and check what photos you’d been tagged in and what your friends were up to.
That’s just what happened in Iran this last week, as access to Facebook from inside Iran was suspended from last Saturday through to the latter part of the week.
Even worse is that there doesn’t appear to be a confirmed reason as to why Iran was blocked from Facebook. Suggestions that the government blocked it to stop presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi from using it in the run up to the elections in June were dismissed by current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Facebook meanwhile was upset over the fact that its website was blocked, with a spokesman stating:
The problems had come at a time when voters are turning to the internet as a source of information about election candidates and their positions.
How often do you use Facebook, and could you cope with a total ban?