Iran blocks access to Instagram, WhatsApp as protests over death in custody escalate

Connections have slowed significantly since the protests erupted.

Tehran:

Iran blocked access to Instagram and WhatsApp on Thursday and imposed drastic restrictions on internet access as official victims of six nights of protests rose to nine.

“According to a decision by officials, it has not been possible to access Instagram in Iran since last night (Wednesday) and access to WhatsApp is also interrupted,” reported the semi-official news agency Fars.

The two apps have been the most used in Iran after blocking other platforms in recent years, including Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, YouTube and Tiktok.

Internet access in Iran is severely restricted by government filters, and only those with VPNs can access uncensored content from foreign websites.

Connections have slowed significantly since protests erupted following the government’s announcement of Mahsa Amini’s death in the custody of the Morality Police last week.

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