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Twitter and Facebook alive again in Iran?

According to the Washington Post, the two social networks, largely dark in Iran since 2009, are once again available to some users.

Facebook and Twitter may once again be available to some users in Iran. Illustration by James Martin/CNET

After four years in the social media darkness, some Iranians may once again be getting their hands on Twitter and Facebook.

According to the Washington Post, the two social networks, unavailable without special anti-filtering software in Iran since the 2009 re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accessible once again for some users.

Ahmadinejad's government severely limited access to the two services as a way to limit the population's ability to organize. But now, under new president, moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani, things may be loosening up. In recent days, for example, Rouhani tweeted Rosh Hashana greetings to Jews.

Neither Twitter nor Facebook immediately responded to CNET requests for comment.

"In Tehran, customers of several Internet providers reported that they could access the Web sites without interruption," the Post reported, "while others in the country were still being redirected to a page advising them that the site they were trying to reach was blocked.

"A status update on one Facebook users page minutes after the site became accessible read, 'God has freed Facebook!'"

The Post also said that the reappearance of the two services for some was not announced anywhere, so it's not known if the change is permanent, or if things will soon revert back to the status quo.

However, In January, Iran said it had developed technology that would allow it to give citizens limited, filtered access to social networks.