Iran blocks internet services in bid to quash protests

It’s a busy weekend for oppressive governments trying to suppress digital communication . Iran has blocked mobile access to at least Telegram and Instagram as it tries to thwartprotests that started over economic concerns (particularly inflation), but have extended into broader resistance to the government and clerical rule. Officials claim the censorship is meant to “maintain peace,” but the argument doesn’t hold water. Telegram founder Pavel Durov noted that his company refused to shut down “peacefully protesting channels,” and Instagram is primarily being used to document protests — Iran clearly doesn’t want to reveal the extent of the demonstrations.

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