The Islamic Republic has clamped down on the Internet's newest social network, Google+ .
The crackdown comes only 16 days after the search engine giant launched the new program.
The Development Center for Information Technology and Digital media (DCITDM) of the country's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance issued a statement this week claiming the Internet giant is a Western spy tool.
“Google+ is Western countries' newest project for spying on Iran,” the agency claimed.
“Google hastily started its 'Real Time' service on February 14, and their aim was disrupting public security, but [this attempt] was neutralized with immediate and intelligent reactions from officials,” said Ruhollah Momen nasab, head of DCITDM.
The high-tech website Cyberdissidents.org said in a statement it was not surprised by the move. “It was predictable that the new social network would be blocked by the Iranian regime, much like Orkut and Facebook were, but few expected it to happen so fast,” the site said.