Iran Restores Access to Gmail, One Week After Blocking It

Access to Google's popular email service was blocked over an anti-Islam film posted on YouTube that sparked protests across the Muslim world.

Iranian authorities have restored access to Gmail a week after blocking Google's popular email service.

The Islamic Republic blocked Gmail last week in response to video clips posted on YouTube of an anti-Islam film that set off deadly protests across the Muslim world. YouTube is owned by Google.

The ban sparked a slew of complaints from Internet users and officials in Iran.

On Monday, Mohammad Reza Aghamiri, a member of governmental Internet watchdog committee, told the semiofficial Mehr news agency that authorities have lifted the Gmail ban after resolving technical problems to separate YouTube and Gmail.

As of Monday, YouTube is still blocked, while Gmail is now available. While YouTube have been blocked before, Google and its mail service have been accessible and popular in Iran.

Iran has an estimated 32 million Internet users out of a total population of around 75 million.

On the same day that Gmail was blocked, Iran said it that it may skip next year's Oscars because of the 14-minute amateur film that sparked protests across the Muslim world.

Deputy Culture Minister Javad Shamgadri said because the religion of more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide was attacked by the film, the award ceremony's organizers should clearly denounce it.