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Tajikistan unblocks access to social network Odnoklassniki

August 25, 2014

Internet service providers of Tajikistan have unblocked access to one of the most popular social networks in the country Odnoklassniki, according to the Internet users.

They noticed that access to the social network has appeared last Thursday.

Internet users of Tajikistan had no access to Odnoklassniki since July 18. A week later, the country launched a new social network, which is rather similar to this Russian social network.

Vipnet's creator is Ghani Salomzoda who had decided to introduce the new network since content of Odnoklassniki and VKontakte (another popular social network from Russia) consists of many videos "promoting violence, porn and jihad."

Salomzoda recalled that the dispute in Odnoklassniki led to the stabbing incident two months ago, resulting in a death of 11th grade student of a Dushanbe school.

Vipnet became the third website that had been created by the Tajik programmers since the beginning of this year. Earlier, Persona was launched which is reportedly a copy of popular Facebook. In addition, social network Parta that resembles Russian VKontakte was introduced.

Tajikistan periodically blocks access to popular websites and social networks.

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Source: AKIpress News Agency (Kyrgyz Republic)

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