Iran restores Facebook and Twitter blocks after “technical glitch”

BY newsdesk  September 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM EST

On Monday, Facebook and Twitter were accessible in Iran for the first time in four years. One day later, Iran restored the social media blocks and said the short-lived access was due to “technical glitches.”

According to the Associated Press, many Iranians believed the lifted ban was a result of newly elected President Hasan Rouhani’s policies. Others believed the access was meant to give Iranian cyber police the ability to trace Iranian social media users.