Ask twitter to Protect the Safety of Iranian Protesters

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In recent days people across Iran in major cities and dozens of smaller towns have taken to the street to voice their dissatisfaction with corruption, abuse, and economic mismanagement. The government has launched a large-scale crackdown on protesters. More than 32 people have been killed and at least 3,700 have been detained since the protests began in late December.

Iranian authorities have blocked all major social media platforms to prevent communication between the protesters and ultimately put an end to the demonstrations.

Twitter does not allow users from Iran to add their phone number and set up two-factor authentication that protects the users’ accounts and information. This policy puts the safety of Iranian users—especially activists—at greater risk.

We ask Twitter to show a commitment to the safety of its users by preventing Iranian authorities from easily accessing the accounts of Iranian users and targeting protesters. Given the scale of the recent mass arrests in Iran, it is evident that many of detainees are peaceful protesters. What is worse, Iranian authorities have a highly troubling record of torturing and mistreating prisoners.

To be clear, we are asking Twitter to offer the people of Iran the same level of account protection it offers most of its users around the globe.  

Join us in asking Twitter to protect the safety of Iranian protesters by enabling Iranian users to add their phone numbers to their account and receive two-factor authentication protection  




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