Iran on 13 January lifted restrictions at the messaging app Telegram, the state information company IRNA mentioned, after blocking off the preferred carrier as safety forces sought to comprise essentially the most standard public protests within the nation since 2009.
“An informed source announced that the filtering of the Telegram messenger has been ended and it is being used by users,” IRNA reported.
At least 22 other people have died and 1,000 other people had been arrested within the anti-government protests that started in overdue December. As the protests ebbed, the federal government final week lifted restrictions imposed on Instagram, one social media software used to mobilise protesters.
But get right of entry to to the extra broadly used messaging app Telegram used to be nonetheless blocked, suggesting government remained uneasy about the opportunity of additional protests.
Telegram, with 40 million customers in Iran, in overdue December close down a channel that Tehran had accused of encouraging violence. But it declined to dam different channels, prompting Iranian government to dam get right of entry to to the app.
Many Iranians get right of entry to Telegram the usage of digital non-public networks (VPNs) and different gear to circumvent authorities filtering of the Internet, citizens mentioned.
But officers mentioned masses of businesses the usage of the app for his or her advertising and gross sales have been hard-hit via the social media restrictions, and President Hassan Rouhani used to be quoted as announcing about 100,000 other people had misplaced their jobs.
Thousands of presidency supporters have staged rallies in a backlash in opposition to the protests, which posed the boldest problem to the Islamic status quo since standard unrest in 2009 over alleged election fraud.
Iran continues to impose restrictions at the Internet and social media, with Facebook and Twitter nonetheless blocked.