Meta said on Thursday that it was not blocking Iranian phone numbers after earlier in the day, several Iranians said they couldn’t connect to Meta’s platforms using their Iranian numbers, even if they had been living abroad for years.
The core of our mission is to connect people privately. We are not intentionally disrupting access to our platform, nor are we blocking Iranian numbers. We do everything in our technical power to maintain our services and enable the use of all users in the world.
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) September 22, 2022
Internet connectivity and access to western social media networks have been blocked for the past three days in Iran amidst widespread anti-government protests that have since turned violent.
I live in Germany but my whatsapp account with Iranian phone number is disconnected! thank you @Meta for your kind cooperation with Islamic Republic!!#Mahsa_Amini #مهسا_امینی pic.twitter.com/CT4E4iVBoh
— Reza Zamiri (@d3c0der) September 22, 2022
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