Iran Liberated From Cumbersome Twitter and Facebook Controls [Updated]

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Without making any kind of official statement, Iran on Monday quietly removed the Internet controls that blocked people from using Twitter and Facebook — controls that have been in place since violence followed the presidential election there in 2009. A lot of Iranians are already on Twitter and Facebook, so all the new development really meant was that they could skip a step when signing on to do their social networking. "Hurray, I came to Facebook without using VPN," posted one, per the New York Times. And sweet freedom stole over the land. Update: Aaand, they're blocked again. It was just a "technical glitch."