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Iran began shutting down the internet on September 19 as protests over Amini’s death gathered momentum. Since then, several Internet-monitoring organizations, including Kentik, Netblocks, Cloudflare, and Open Observatory of Network Interference, the disruptions are documented. The group says mobile network operators including the country’s biggest providers – Erencel, Rytel and MCI – have faced rolling blackouts. With many mobile providers losing connectivity for about 12 hours at a time, Netblocks said it has seen a “curfew-style pattern of disruptions.” Felicia Anthony, who leads the NGO Access Now’s fight against internet shutdowns, says that group partners have reported that text messages bearing Amini’s name have been blocked. “If you’re sending a message with that name, it doesn’t go through,” says Anthony.

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Against Instagram and WhatsApp started from September 21. Shutting down mobile connections is highly disruptive, with blocking access to WhatsApp and Instagram cutting off the few remaining social media services in Iran. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been banned for years. State-backed Iranian media Told It was not clear how long the blocks on Instagram and WhatsApp would last but they were imposed for “national security” reasons. “It seems they are targeting these platforms that are the lifelines for the information and communications that are keeping the protests alive,” says Mahsa Alimardani, an academic at the Oxford Internet Institute who has worked extensively on Iran’s internet shutdown. and control studies.

A member of the 1500tasvir team says the account, which is run by a group of about 10 core people both inside and outside Iran, is posting videos to document the protests. People on the ground send the video—in some areas, poor connections are available and fixed Wi-Fi connections still work—and the group checks content before posting it online. The group says it’s getting over 1,000 videos a day, and has over 450,000 followers on its Instagram account.

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A member of the 1500tasvir team says the internet shutdown could have a “huge” impact on the protests, because when people around Iran can’t see that others are protesting, they are likely to stop themselves can. “When you … see that other people feel the same way, you become more brave. You are more excited to do something about it,” he says. “When the internet is cut off… you feel lonely.”

The blockades against WhatsApp seem to have affected people outside Iran as well. People using Iranian +98 telephone numbers have complained that WhatsApp is slow to work or not working at all. is whatsapp denied It is doing anything to block Iranian phone numbers. However, the meta-owned company declined to provide any further details on why the +98 numbers outside Iran faced problems. “Something strange is going on, and the way Iran is enforcing censorship on these various platforms is likely because it seems a bit over-targeted,” Alimardani says.

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