Iran Twitter: Why The Movement Adopted This Medium

07/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Lev Grossman Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2009 TIME

The U.S. State Department doesn't usually take an interest in the maintenance schedules of dot-com startups. But over the weekend officials there reached out to Twitter and asked them to delay a network upgrade that was scheduled for Monday night. The reason? To protect the interests of Iranians using the service to protest the presidential election that took place last Friday. Twitter moved the upgrade to 2pm PST Tuesday afternoon -- or 1:30 am Tehran time.

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