Recently, the e-mail server of the electronic service portal has been hacked, and hundreds of documents and messages related to internet filtering and restriction have been extracted under the supervision of the country’s attorney general. The Anonymous hacker group has taken the responsibility of extracting this information and has made all the extracted information available for everyone to download. But there is an interesting point among the extracted information that has attracted our attention, and that is the numerous requests of the management and employees of Cafe Bazaar to the filtering committee to remove Iranian and foreign stores and links.
- Cafe Bazar implicitly confirmed the spying of the Rubika program on users!
- Google’s warning about Rubica’s spying and the company’s statement in this regard
The role of Cafe Bazaar in the country’s current filtering
For example, in an email from Hossam Armandehi, the manager of Cafe Bazar, regarding the order to remove Imo and Bitalk programs, it was announced to the filtering committee that “we have deleted the mentioned programs, but they have not been filtered yet!” After that, a number of Iranian markets where this program is still available on these websites have been listed and requested to be dealt with.
In another case, one of the employees of Bazaar Cafe, who is currently living in the Netherlands, has requested a similar action regarding the order to remove Viber programs. It has been proposed to filter the program and remove it from other Iranian markets.
In another case, it was revealed that the operation manager of Kafebazar not only did not cooperate with the filtering committee by sending emails, but also published the statistics of other Iranian markets and requested restrictions on the filtering of programs published on the Internet.
The interesting and ironic point of the story is that a few days ago, Cafe Bazaar announced in a statement that it is against the filtering of Google Play and considered this filtering to the detriment of users. Meanwhile, with the disclosure of documents and emails exchanged between this company and the filtering committee, we see that not only is the market not against filtering in practice, but in many cases it has even paved the way for this issue.
At the end, you can read the text of Cafe Bazar’s statement in which it stated why it is against the Google Play filter and tell us what you think about these contradictory behaviors.