WhatsApp, Instagram BLOCKED in Iran! Know the reasons behind

Iran has blocked access to two of the most widely used online applications- Instagram and WhatsApp. Internet access has also been restricted. Here is all you need to know.

| Updated on: Sep 22 2022, 19:30 IST
WhatsApp, Instagram
Access to WhatsApp, Instagram blocked in Iran. Know why. (Pexels)
WhatsApp, Instagram
Access to WhatsApp, Instagram blocked in Iran. Know why. (Pexels)

The Internet is used to spread information in no time. There are several applications like Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, among others that run on the internet and are used to spread the information. However, in order to maintain peace and security, there are instances when the government decides to curb internet access. Something similar has happened in Iran. Iran has blocked access to Instagram and WhatsApp and imposed drastic restrictions on internet access as deaths mounted after six nights of protests over the death of a young woman in morality police custody.

"In accordance with a decision by officials, it has no longer been possible to access Instagram in Iran since yesterday (Wednesday) evening and access to WhatsApp is also disrupted," the semi-official Fars news agency reported, according to a report by AFP. It can be known that WhatsApp and Instagram are most widely used in Iran after the blocking of other platforms in recent years, including Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, YouTube and TikTok.

"People in Iran are being cut off from online apps and services," Instagram chief Adam Mosseri tweeted. "Iranians use apps like Instagram to stay close to their loved ones, access timely and important information and stay connected to the rest of the world. We hope their right to be online will be reinstated quickly," he added.

According to a report by AFP, internet access in Iran is heavily restricted by government filters and only those with VPNs can access uncensored content from overseas websites. Connections have slowed significantly since protests erupted following the government's announcement of the death of Mahsa Amini in morality police custody last week.

(With inputs from AFP)

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First Published Date: 22 Sep, 19:30 IST