Iran launches YouTube rival, Mehr

Louise Duffy | 10-12-2012

Iran's state broadcaster IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) has launched Mehr, a video sharing website as an alternative to YouTube.

YouTube has been banned in Iran since 2009, but many Iranians are still able to access it, using virtual private networks (VPNs).

IRIB deputy chief Lotfollah Siahkali said: "From now on, people can upload their short films on the website and access (IRIB) produced material."

However, Mehr has been affected by poor download speeds and wasn't functioning properly earlier today.

YouTube owner Google declined to comment on the launch of Mehr.