Facebook blocks Press TV advertisements

Facebook has blocked Press TV’s advertisements on the social networking website, saying that the Iranian news network is located in a region which is “not eligible to use this feature.”

Facebook’s risk management department informed Press TV in an email that the social networking website’s security systems had shut down the payments functionality on Press TV’s account.

Press TV has more than 140,000 Facebook fans and its alternative channel has had one of the fastest-growing Facebook accounts in recent years, which is the result of the rapid rise in the number of Press TV viewers.

The Iranian channel argues that Facebook’s decision to block Press TV’s advertisements contradicts the social networking site’s claims that it provides a platform for free speech.

Facebook disabled the account of Iran’s Press TV in July due to what they called technical problems. The account was reactivated after three days.