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Social media access restricted in Iran amid protests

Social media access restricted in Iran amid protests”

On Saturday, Iran's Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi wrote to Durov on Twitter, complaining AmadNews was "encouraging hateful conduct, use (of) Molotov cocktails, armed uprising and social unrest".

It is still unclear as to how long the Iranian government intends to continue restricting internet services.

In Iran, Telegram and Instagram, as well as Twitter, have been instrumental in information dissemination when traditional media outlets are tightly controlled.

"The Iranian government is active on Telegram, as is the president, and members of Parliament", she said. While the Telegram and Instagram are now blocked in Iran, you can still use them with the VPN services. Durov said in a blog post that the company "would rather get blocked in a country by its authorities than limit peaceful expression of alternative opinions".

In an effort to quell the protests, Iranian authorities may clamp down access to Telegram and other social media sites that Iranians use to stay informed, share information and organize.

Telegram was one of the only social platforms not to have been blocked in Iran in recent years.

"Iranian internet users are making use of a wider variety of circumvention tools that allow for selective access to blocked resources", said Alp Toker, founder of NetBlocks.org, a digital rights group. In response to Jahromi's tweet, Durov noted that Telegram admins had suspended the channel that the Iranian government pointed out. Authorities are temporarily blocking Telegram and Instagram to "maintain peace", according to the AP. "Governments learn slowly, but they do learn".

"A Telegram channel (Amadnews) started to instruct their subscribers to use Molotov cocktails against police and got suspended due to our 'no calls for violence" rule.

It's not the first time Iran has banned an app.

January 1, 2018 (EIRNS)-With protests continuing in Iran for a fourth day, smaller than those of 2009 and some involving armed demonstrators, recommendations for caution from experts on the region are not being heeded by the Trump Administration.

The decision brought sharp criticism from Iranian cyber-activists, who described Telegram's actions as "capitulation" to state censorship. But jailbroken phones and apps can not be updated, leaving their users open to hackers and government monitors that take advantage of bugs in outdated software.

During Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Revolution, where thousands of people demonstrated for universal suffrage over 79 days, Beijing moved swiftly to quash all reports of dissent from the former British colony. It's very hard for social media platforms and messaging apps to operate under tight regulations in Iran. The app works by creating its own network outside the internet, relying on a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi link that exists between two phones.



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