September 16, 2013

"THANK YOU, ROUHANI!!!"

Iranians Gain Access to Facebook and Twitter (THOMAS ERDBRINK, 9/16/13, NY Times)

Internet users in Iran were surprised on Monday to find that they could access Facebook and Twitter without having to evade the government's firewall, which had blocked direct access to the Web sites for years. [...]

The country's new president, Hassan Rouhani, has promised several times to reduce Internet censorship, and several of his cabinet ministers, including the foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, have set up Facebook pages and opened Twitter accounts, some of them quite active.

Iranian Internet users reacted to the apparent unblocking on Monday as if a digital Berlin Wall had just crumbled on their computer screens.

"Hurray, I came to Facebook without using VPN," a user called Bita posted on her wall. "Thank you Rouhani!!!," Nima wrote.

Posted by at September 16, 2013 6:52 PM
  

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