Iran may unblock Twitter and Youtube

Iran may unblock Twitter and Youtube

Iran’s new communications minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi said that negotiations were underway with Twitter to unblock the service, which has been banned for years.

"(Twitter) has announced that it is prepared to negotiate to resolve problems," Jahromi told the Iran daily newspaper.

"Considering the current situation there are grounds for such negotiation and interaction. Twitter is not an immoral environment needing to be blocked," he added.

He said officials were also looking at ways to unblock YouTube while still censoring “immoral content” on the site, and that a pilot project was being run, allowing universities to access the site, Express Tribune reported.

Twitter was banned at the time of mass anti-regime protests in 2009, that followed allegations of massive rigging in the re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

But despite the ban, the US messaging service is widely used by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.