The US State Department on Tuesday
urged the Iranian government to end its blocking of social
media platforms amid continued protests against the country's
clerical rulers, The Hill reported.
Steve Goldstein, US undersecretary of State, said the administration would like Iran to “open these sites.”
The founder of the messaging app Telegram said Sunday that Iranian authorities blocked many of its citizens from accessing the app after the technology company refused to close down some channels.
Protests began over economic concerns last week, but have shifted toward anti-government demonstrations focused on Iran’s clerical rulers.
In the remarks reported by the AP, Goldstein said the social media platforms are “legitimate avenues for communication” and that the U.S. is obligated “not to stand by.”
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