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Iran restricts WhatsApp, Instagram as Mahsa Amini protests grow

by Damilola

Iran has curbed access on Wednesday to Meta Platforms’ (META.O) Instagram and WhatsApp amid protests over the death of a woman in police custody, residents and internet watchdog NetBlocks said.

Last week’s death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by morality police in Tehran for “unsuitable attire”, has unleashed a wave of anger over issues including freedom in the Islamic Republic and an economy reeling from sanctions.

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According to reports, at least six protesters have now been killed, as well as a police officer and two member of a pro-government militia. However, activist groups say the death toll is higher.

NetBlocks also reported a “nation-scale loss of connectivity” on Iran’s main mobile telephone provider and another company’s network.

WhatsApp’s servers were disrupted on multiple internet providers, hours after Instagram’s services were blocked, London-based NetBlocks said.

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