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Tech Companies Are Complicit in Censoring Iran Protests

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Johnny Ament
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The world is witnessing the biggest protest movement in Iran since the 2009 Green Movement uprising.

Over the last two weeks, there has been unrest in nearly every major Iranian city and dozens of smaller towns.

The repression is felt not only on the streets: Iranian authorities disrupted internet access across the country and blocked Instagram and the messaging app Telegram.

Freedom of expression—which includes secure internet access—is the bloodline of democracy, but with the internet shut down, Telegram’s more than 40 million users in Iran have essentially had their communication cut off.

The decision to restrict communications has had an immense impact on the daily lives of Iranian citizens, including the more than 48 million smartphone users.

That’s because Iranians do online what they cannot usually do in the streets: Assemble, organize, and express themselves.

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