Sunday, 31 December 2017

Two protesters killed as Iran blocks access to social media used by activists




Iran has blocked access to Instagram and a popular messaging app used by activists to organise anti-government protests that are sweeping across the country.
 
The move came after two protesters were killed overnight at a rally in Dorud, in the country's western Lorestan province.
 
 
The protests are the largest to hit the country in nearly a decade, and President Hassan Rouhani will address the nation later on Sunday, according to the semi-official news agency ISNA.


The protests were organised in part by messages on the Telegram messaging app, which is popular in the country, with images shared on Instagram. Both apps were targeted by authorities.


Iranian state television quoted a source as saying: "It has been decided in the highest security level to restrict access to Telegram and Instagram."


Telegram CEO Pavel Durov wrote on Twitter that "Iranian authorities are blocking access to Telegram for the majority of Iranians after our public refusal to shut down ... peacefully protesting channels."


The current protests erupted on Thursday and quickly spread across Iran.




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