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The Iranian government's lame YouTube clone

Iranian women use computers at an Internet cafe in central Tehran, Iran.

Iranian women use computers at an Internet cafe in central Tehran, Iran. // Vahid Salemi/AP File Photo

Those looking for another avenue to watch Persian cat videos or cute antics by Iranian toddlers have been left disappointed after the launch of Iran's new and much-hyped video-sharing website went awry. 

On its homepage, Mehr says its purpose is to bring together Persian-speaking users and to promote Iranian culture. But just days after its launch, the website that officials hope will become a rival to Google's popular YouTube has been marred by poor download speeds and technical glitches.

Iran already has a popular video-sharing website, Aparat, which is run by the same company behind Iran's social-networking site, Cloob. But Mehr, which is run by the state broadcaster Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, is the first government-sanctioned competitor to YouTube in the country.

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