Facebook and Twitter are accessible in Iran for the first time in four years

BY newsdesk  September 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM EDT

Internet users in Tehran received a welcome surprise today when they found they could access Twitter and Facebook without the block of the filtering software that has been in place since 2009 after the reelection of then Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. While some could access the website without hindrance, others in the country were reporting that they continues to be redirected to a message advising them that the website they were attempting to access was blocked. For the users who did have access, they saw one user post on facebook minutes after the virtual block was removed, “God has freed Facebook!”

Social media users in Iran are not sure how long this unrestricted access will last given that there has been no formal announcement from the government but are enjoying it while they have the chance. Thomas Erdbrink of the New York Times and Jason Razaian of the Washington Post who are two of the few American journalists in Iran have been tweeting about the new freedom.