Iranian Phone App to Reveal Location of Morality Police

In 2016, anonymous developers created a crowdsourced Gershad phone app to pinpoint the location of the Ershad morality police vans on street so young people can avoid them. They asked on the Gershad webpage, “Why do we have to be humiliated for our most obvious right which is the right to where what we want? Social media …are full of footage and photos of innocent women who have been beaten up and dragged on the ground by Eershad patrol agents.” The app designers said that in 2014 18,000 people were prosecuted and about three million were issued official warnings.

Amir Azimi, “Iranian Youth Get App to Dodge Morality Police, BBC News, February 9, 2016.

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