Gone Again: Twitter, Facebook Access in Iran

'Technical glitch' lasted just a few hours
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2013 6:45 PM CDT
Updated Sep 17, 2013 8:14 AM CDT
Twitter, Facebook Back Online in Iran
Iranians surf the web in an Internet cafe at a shopping center in central Tehran, Iran.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Iranians were free to share duckface selfies, waste hours on FarmVille, and get angry at their friends for spoiling Breaking Bad plots ... for a few glorious hours, at least. Yes, after four years, Facebook and Twitter were back online in Tehran—at least for some local Internet service providers, the Washington Post notes—for several hours overnight. But blocks had been restored by this morning, the AP reports. A communications official blames the access on a "technical glitch." Some hopeful social media users initially thought perhaps it was a purposeful move from newly elected President Hasan Rouhani, who just recently tweeted happy Rosh Hashanah wishes. (Read more Iran stories.)

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