The story: Iranian authorities have threatened to permanently block access to Instagram and WhatsApp, which have been restricted since opposition protests erupted in September. The popular social media platforms are the last major foreign social media platforms to have escaped permanent filtering in the country. Business owners have protested the new restrictions, saying that they rely on the platforms to generate revenue.
The coverage: Abolhassan Firouzabadi, head of the National Center for Cyberspace, stated on Dec. 17 that the social media platforms had been filtered "due to security considerations."
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