Iran Shuts Down Facebook, Twitter Again

    FILE -- In this Monday, May 27, 2013 file photo, Iranians surf the web at an Internet cafe, in Tehran, Iran. Iranian authorities have restored blocks on Facebook and Twitter after a "technical glitch" briefly removed filters from the social networks overnight. The glitch could point to increasing internal struggles between groups seeking to reopen Facebook and other social networking sites and hard-liners in the establishment, who remain in control of Internet access. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

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    Some Iranian night owls got a pretty big shock Monday when they could access Twitter and Facebook—but it was all apparently in error, and the sites were once again blocked Tuesday. Communications official Abdolsamad Khoramabadi said a “technical glitch” caused the block to be lifted, and it was quickly put back in place. For a few hours messages like “God liberated Facebook” appeared online, as many assumed that the ban had been lifted by newly elected President Hassan Rouhani, who has promised reforms. Khoramabadi, who is on the board that oversees Internet in Iran, said officials are still unsure what caused the block to be lifted, and they will “take action if there was a human flaw.”

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