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Iran social media access just a glitch: govt official

Facebook, Twitter unfiltered because of technical issues at ISP level

Some Iranians were hopeful that the ban on social tools such as Twitter and Facebook had been lifted.
Some Iranians were hopeful that the ban on social tools such as Twitter and Facebook had been lifted.

The apparent lifting of the ban on social media sites in Iran occurred because of a technical glitch, Reuters reported.

Speaking to the Mehr news agency, Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, secretary of a state committee responsible for the monitoring and censoring of Web content, said officials were investigating the occurrence, which he believed to be caused by technical issues at the ISP level.

"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 said.

Recently elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani himself used Twitter to announce his intention to run a less restrictive administration than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But the lifting of Web restrictions requires the approval of the conservative clerical establishment, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.