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WhatsApp Says Working to Keep Iranians Connected

WhatsApp Says Working to Keep Iranians Connected

Thursday, 22 September, 2022 - 16:45
WhatsApp app is seen on a smartphone in this illustration taken, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Meta Platforms Inc's WhatsApp said on Thursday that it was working to keep users in Iran connected after the country restricted access to the app and social media platform Instagram.

WhatsApp "will do anything" within its technical capacity to keep the service accessible and that it was not blocking Iranian phone numbers, the messaging service said in a tweet.

Iran on Wednesday restricted access to Instagram and WhatsApp, two of the last remaining social networks in the country, amid protests over the death of a woman in police custody, according to residents and internet watchdog NetBlocks.

Last week's death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by morality police in Tehran for "unsuitable attire", has prompted Iranians to take to the streets of Tehran and other parts of the country.

Many Iranians, particularly the young, have come to see her death as part of Iran’s heavy-handed policing of dissent and the morality police’s increasingly violent treatment of young women.

Protesters in Tehran and other Iranian cities torched police stations and vehicles earlier on Thursday as public outrage over the death showed no signs of abating, with reports of security forces coming under attack.

Iran has faced global condemnation over Amini's death, with the UN human rights office calling for an investigation.

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