The chief of police believes that ‘smartly’ controlling the social networking sites is better than going all in and completely blocking them. “The smart control of social-networking sites not only prevents their harm, but also allows people to benefit from their useful parts,” said Moghadam.

About three weeks ago, a Facebook page devoted to Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei was created following which there were calls by Iranians to unblock Facebook.  Iran has been against the use of Facebook and other such social networking sites and it is believed that the regime is monitoring them. Despite complete filtering and blocking, Iranians have been accessing the site through the use of anti-filtering tools.

The statements by the chief of police are probably an indication that filtering hasn’t gone the government’s way and that the regime is working aggressively towards monitoring of sites rather than full blocking.