No Waze in Iran, At Least for Now


There is currently no way to access Waze in Iran, after the authorities blocked the navigation app because it was invented in Israel, Ynet reported on Wednesday.

The Iranian “Committee for Determining Offensive Content” suspended access to Waze because, they said, use of an Israeli product “raised concerns.” However, a final decision awaits a review of the matter, according to the Iranian news agency FARS

Waze has until now gained popularity among Iranian drivers, CEO and senior Google executive Noam Bardin, said. Google bought Waze last year for $1.1 billion.

Internet in Iran is subject to strict censorship. Social-media networks are among the sites that are unavailable.

However, it’s been pointed out that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and various other officials in Tehran use these platforms to communicate with countries and individuals abroad.