Friday, October 31, 2014


Iran

Iranian Authorities Restore Blocks On Facebook, Twitter

A number of social networks are blocked in Iran despite their popularity among Internet users. (file photo)
A number of social networks are blocked in Iran despite their popularity among Internet users. (file photo)
By RFE/RL
Iranian authorities have restored blocks on Facebook and Twitter after filters were removed from the social networks overnight.

Iran's semiofficial Mehr news agency quoted Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, who is a senior member of the board overseeing the Internet in Iran, as saying the filters' removal had been caused by what appeared to be a technical failure.

Khorambadi said the glitch was quickly rectified.

Newly elected President Hassan Rohani has pledged more outreach to the West and a new openness in Iran.

The glitch could point to increasing internal struggles between groups seeking to reopen Facebook and other social-networking sites and hard-liners in the establishment, who remain in control of Internet access.

In recent weeks, several Iranian cabinet members have joined Facebook, sparking a debate over its blocking.



With reporting by AFP and Reuters

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