Iran's president, Cabinet, start Facebook pages

Sept. 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

TEHRAN, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Iran's reformist president and his Cabinet have started their own Facebook pages -- a possible sign strict Internet censorship could be eased.

Facebook is officially banned in Iran and is blocked by state-run Internet service providers, meaning those wishing to access President Hasan Rouhani's page would have to do so illegally using a proxy server that circumvents state barriers and gives users full Internet access, The Independent reported Monday.

Hard-liners have seen the Internet as a potential corrupting force for the Islamic republic. During protests under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, young people took to Twitter and Facebook to coordinate demonstrations, forcing the government to shut off most Internet service providers.

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