Iran Protests: Social Media giants Telegram and Instagram banned by Iranian authorities


Following the largest protests seen on the streets of Iran since 2009, against the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Ali Khamenei, President Hassan the regime has severely restricted or banned the messaging app Telegram and the photo sharing app Instagram.


State sources inform us that the decision to block the two social media giants is in an attempt “to maintain tranquility and security of society and would be “temporary”. (Source state news agency Irib)


The current protests commenced in the north-east against apparent economic hardship and rising prices, but have since turned political with many people carrying slogans indicating their displeasure with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan, citing  Iran's interventionist foreign policy in the region.


Authors note: It remains to be seen if the Iranian government will implement any further crackdowns and all eagerly wait for an expected pre-recorded speech by Mr Rouhani in the next few hours


Steve Simmonds Global Breaking News Hub

Credits and sources: Alarmy stock photo for cover picture BBC.UK, Iranian state news agency Irib


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