WhatsApp, a Meta Platforms website, told on Thursday that it is working to keep users in Iran connected since the country had restrictions on the access to the app and social media platform Instagram.
In a tweet, WhatsApp said in a statement, "will do anything" within its technical capacity to keep the service safe and that it did not block Iranian phone numbers.
We exist to connect the world privately. We stand with the freedom of people to access private messaging. We are not blocking Iranian numbers. We are working to keep our Iranian friends connected and will do everything we can to keep our service up and running.
Iran restricted access to Instagram and WhatsApp, two of the country''s last social networks on Wednesday, amid protests over the death of a woman in police custody, according to residents and internet watchdog NetBlocks.
Mahsa Amini, 22, who was detained in Tehran by morality authorities for "unsuitable outfit," died last week. The death of his 22-year-old son has spawned havoc about issues including freedom in the Islamic Republic and an economic woes.
Protesters in Tehran and other Iranian cities were outraged earlier on Thursday, as public outrage over the death showed no signs of escaping, with reports of security personnel being at large.
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that the country had implemented a near-total Internet shutdown on Wednesday, the fifth day of protests against the government over Amini''s death, after being held by the country''s morality police for allegedly violating its strict-enforced dress code.
Security concerns might require measures to limit internet access, according to a government official. As previously mentioned, Instagram and WhatsApp were the last major social media networks in Iran.
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According to the report, the country currently blocks Facebook, Telegram, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Despite the fact, top Iranian officials have access to public accounts on these platforms, while Iranians are able to access these services via virtual private networks and proxy networks.
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