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Online shopping in Iran continued to increase in October despite restrictions imposed on Instagram. (Photo by Reuters)

Statistics from Iran’s largest private sector union (TCCIM) show an increase in online shopping in the country in October despite restrictions imposed on major American social media platforms such as per Instagram because of their work to stir up street problems.

TCCIM statistics published on Saturday showed that online shopping in Iran increased by 38% year-on-year in the calendar month to October 22 to reach 960 trillion rials ($2.7 billion).

That appears to be a decrease of 4% compared to the calendar month to the end of September, according to TCCIM.

It added, however, that the year-on-year increase in online shopping in Iran in October indicated that the government’s ban on Instagram imposed the previous month was not affected online shopping in the country.

The TCCIM statistics, published in a report by Iran’s state-run newspaper, showed that all online transactions in Iran reported in the seven months to the end of October have reached 6,430 trillion rials ($18.3 billion), an increase of 38% from the same period last year.

Online shopping by users living in the province of Tehran, where the capital of Iran is, has been 89% of all transactions, the report showed.

Mohammad Hassan Mortazavi, a leading businessman and a member of the TCCIM, denied claims that the government’s ban on Instagram and WhatsApp, another social media platform based in the United States, was aimed at great opportunity to disrupt online shopping in Iran.

“It’s been a long time since we were independent of foreign platforms in online commerce and more than 90% of electronic (national) commerce is conducted in terrestrial platforms, ” said Mortazavi.


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