Iran Is Blocking the Internet to Shut Down Protests

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Reports say mobile services like Telegram have been shut down as protests continue across the country.


As protests over economic instability and government censorship persist in Iran, the Hassan Rouhani government has reportedly wielded its favorite new-ish suppression tactic: blocking the internet.

Multiple reports say the government was blocking internet on mobile networks starting on Dec. 30, including social media services like Instagram and messaging services like Telegram, to try and stop the protesters from organizing and amplifying their message. This is the biggest anti-government public demonstration since 2009.

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