Microsoft blocks Iran and Iran blocks Facebook

in «Local & Regional» by mostafa

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Microsoft has blocked access to Windows live messenger (i.e. Hotmail webmail and MSN chat) to people living in Iran, Syria, Sudan, Cuba and North Korea. The reason is that the company suddenly realised that it doesn't do business with countries sanctioned by the U.S. At the same time, Iran blocked Facebook ahead of the presidential elections because a candidate is using it successfully for his campaign.

Microsoft's decision doesn't mean that people in those countries can't only communicate over IM. It means they can't also access their email including their archived messages.

Ok, I understand that Iran did this because it lacks confidence. But why did Microsoft do this now?