A “Glitch” Gave Iranians Access to Twitter and Facebook

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YesterdayIranians thought a government ban had been lifted after they were able to access Twitter and Facebook on Monday. Some users were able to get to Twitter and Facebook without going around the government firewall which lead them to believe authorities lifted the ban on social media websites. Authorities had placed a ban in 2009.

“The lack of a filter on Facebook last night (Monday) was apparently due to technical problems and the technological committee is investigating this issue,” Khoramabadi was quoted by Mehr news agency as saying.

“We are investigating to see which of these companies has done this,” he said, referring to the Iranian ISPs.

Since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office last month, there has been a muted thaw in the use of social media.