I n an ignoble move, the messaging company ‘Slack’ has deactivated accounts of hundreds of Iranian users across continents, saying that the decision has been made in accordance with US sanctions against Tehran.
After Iranian Slack users took to Twitter to report the ignominious move, over a dozen news outlets from The Hill, to the Verge, TechCrunch, BBC, and Business Insider published stories about the ban.
On Wednesday, Amir Abdi, a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada tweeted, “Slack closed my account today! I’m a Ph.D. student in Canada with no teammates from Iran! Is Slack shutting down accounts of those ethnically associated with Iran?! And what’s their source of info on my ethnicity? #slack #UsSanctions”