Iran blocks app that alerted youth to ‘morality police’

Special to WorldTribune.com

Iranian authorities have blocked a smartphone app that tracked the positions of the “morality police” in Teheran.

screengrab of the Teheran city map where Gershad app users could add the locations of the "morality police." /Twitter
Screengrab of the Teheran city map where Gershad app users could add the locations of the “morality police.” /Twitter

The Gershad app was launched to give young Iranians a heads up on the whereabouts of the country’s Gast-e-Ershad (“morality police”) patrols.

The creators of the app said its server was “inundated” with requests soon after its release.

The app was blocked by Iranian authorities 24 hours after it was launched.

The Gasht-e-Ershad, a branch of Iran’s security forces, patrols public areas to ensure the rules of Sharia law are being followed, particularly that women are appropriately dressed.

Users of the app were able to log in and find out where the “morality police” were located in Teheran at any time and users who spotted the police could add their locations to the map.

Human rights activists said the developers of the Gershad app are working to get it back online.

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