Washington, Sep 17: Social media websites Facebook and Twitter made a comeback in parts of Iran after the four-year-long ban of 2009 when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected and the sites were blocked to limit the opposition’s ability to organize protests via social media.
The sites were accessible to some users in Tehran without the aid of anti-filtering software while others in the country still were unable to access the blocked sites.
According to the Washington Post, the loosening of restrictions comes just days after senior officials in the government of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, sent messages on Twitter congratulating Jews on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah.
Moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani has earlier said that authorities do not need to disrupt the flow of information to its citizens, but it is unclear if the change in rules is permanent as there has not been any official declaration yet.
The report added that despite social media sites being very difficult to access and their use had been made illegal in Iran, millions of Iranians are thought to be active on social media. (ANI)