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White House ‘Very Concerned’ About Iran Blocking Social Media

Behnam Ben Taleblu
1st January 2018 - Quoted by Michael Lipin and Setareh Derakhshesh - Voice of America

The Trump administration says it is "very concerned" about Tehran blocking Iranians from communicating via social media platforms in a bid to dampen several days of nationwide anti-government protests.

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But Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior Iran analyst for the Foundation for Defense and Democracies, told VOA he believes the protesters are using anger about the economy as a way to express general grievances over the government.

"What is true is that the Iranian people want accountability, respect, justice. And they want their government to put their interests — national interests — ahead of the narrow, factional or regime interests," Behnam said.

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