The Islamic Republic of Iran has blacklisted Freelancer.com, the world's largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace. Chief Executive Matt Barrie sympathized with Iranian Freelancer.com members. "The reasons for the ban are unspecified but thousands of Iranian freelancers are now being denied opportunities to work and earn online, at a time when the Internet has irrevocably disrupted global labor markets," he said.
Freelancer.com, which enables 3 million professional freelancers, in over 234 countries and territories, to earn money working online, now joins Twitter, Facebook, the BBC, Reuters and other global heavyweights on the list of sites blocked by Iranian government filters. Additionally, a US "virtual embassy" was also blocked, a day after going online.
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