0301 GMT September 29, 2020
Iran’s minister of communications and information technology said on Sunday he has demanded that the ban on Twitter be lifted.
Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi told the Parliament’s news agency ICANA that his ministry has made a request for the removal of the ban on the social networking service.
Azari-Jahromi said the issue needs to be addressed by a 12-member working group that is responsible for monitoring websites and social networking services and bans those it finds containing criminal contents.
He said the ministry’s request has not been put on the agenda by the working group.
According to IRNA, the minister has long been pursuing the removal of the ban on Twitter, but he has said the issue is out of his hand and must be decided collectively.
Twitter has been inaccessible in Iran since 2009, following protests in the aftermath of the 2009 presidential election.
Despite the ban, some high-ranking Iranian officials have accounts and are active on Twitter.