On Monday evening, Iranians found that national web filters blocking access to Facebook and Twitter had gone down. The blocks have been in place for four years, in an attempt to hamper the organizational capabilities of anti-government protesters.
Was this the work of new president Hassan Rouhani, a relative liberal who had promised to cut down on censorship? Observers certainly suspected a momentous shift in policy:Is Iran’s Berlin Wall of internet censorship crumbling down? I am tweeting from Tehran from my cell without restrictions.