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WhatsApp connecting people amid internet shutdown in Iran

For the past few days, the government has shut down the Internet due to the large number of demonstrations and violence in Iran. In such a situation, the messaging service WhatsApp has started efforts to maintain communication between the people of Iran. WhatsApp said that it will leave no stone unturned to the best of its technical ability to keep the service intact.

About this WhatsApp has told in a tweet that it is not blocking Iran’s phone numbers. Iran’s government shut down the Internet and blocked access to Instagram and WhatsApp earlier this week to control demonstrations. Protests in Iran were triggered by the death of a woman in police custody due to a dress code violation. Internet connectivity Failure to do so will make it difficult for the people to organize demonstrations and they will also not be able to share information about the stringent action being taken by the government.

Iranian police detained 22-year-old Mahsa Amini for allegedly wearing a scarf inappropriately. Protests have been taking place across the country for the past few days after Mahsa’s death in police custody. The protesters have also clashed with the police and are demanding the removal of the government. Some Iranians, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that since Wednesday they were unable to access the Internet through mobile devices. Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi also addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

Doug Madory, director of network intelligence firm Kentik, said, “Internet services including mobile data have been blocked in Iran. This may be an action taken by the government due to the current situation in the country. The internet is almost down.” Bitcoin mining also takes place on a large scale in Iran. Miners will also have a big impact due to the shutdown of the Internet, the protest of the protesters is increasing continuously. Along with lathi-charge, the police have also used other harsh methods to control them. Amnesty International said security forces used sticks, tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters. Eight people are reported to have died in these demonstrations. Four of them were killed by the security forces. In addition, hundreds of people have been injured.

(This news has not been edited by digitnews team. It has been published directly from Syndicate feed.)

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