Updated: Iran restors blocking to Twitter and Facebook
Okay people the rumors are true, this is my first tweet ever using Iran's state cell phone internet service without VPN!!! — Thomas Erdbrink (@ThomasErdbrink) September 16, 2013
Access to Facebook and Twitter are restored back in Iran.
Okay people the rumors are true, this is my first tweet ever using Iran's state cell phone internet service without VPN!!!
— Thomas Erdbrink (@ThomasErdbrink) September 16, 2013
It’s been four years since the government shut off access to most social media during protests following the 2009 presidential election.
But a new elected administration promised to improve communications in Iran and liberalize access to the internet. President Hassan Rouhani is himself on Twitter.
The first reports of unrestricted access to social media came from Western media reporters and others in Tehran.
It is not clear if access is restored to all country or part of it reports Quartz .
And with no official announcement from the government, it remained possible that the access was accidental or temporary.
People in Iran managed to get to those social media network during blocked via different means: proxy, VPS and tor browser.
IRAN RESTORES BLOCKS ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER according to AP “The brief access was a “technical glitch” that was quickly rectified, according to communications official Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, from the board overseeing Internet in Iran.”