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Amid protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, the Iranian government shut down mobile internet, WhatsApp and Instagram.

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On Wednesday, Iran restricted access to the Internet, as well as Instagram and WhatsApp owned by Meta Platforms, two of the last remaining social networks in the country, amid protests over the death of a woman in police custody, local residents and Internet watchdog NetBlocks said.

Anti-government protests quickly spread across Iran after Amini’s death. Amini was arrested by Iran’s vice police for allegedly violating a strict dress code for women, which requires them to wear a hijab and clothing that covers arms and legs in public.

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Amini was allegedly beaten after her arrest and later died after a three-day coma. Authorities initially attempted to exonerate themselves of the blame for Amini’s death by suggesting that she already had a heart condition. Amini’s parents have since denied these claims.

Her death prompted people across Iran to protest. freedom from the Islamic Republic some women burn their hijabs in protest.

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In the past, Iran has restricted internet access to prevent protesters from posting videos on social media to garner support as well as get credible reports on the extent of the unrest.

NetBlocks also reported a “nationwide loss of connectivity” with an Iranian postal mobile operator and another company’s network.

WhatsApp servers were down at several ISPs hours after Instagram services were blocked, London-based NetBlocks reported.

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The data groups show a near-total internet shutdown in parts of western Iran’s Kurdistan province since Monday, while the capital Tehran and other parts of the country have also experienced outages since Friday, when protests first erupted.

Two residents of Tehran and southern Iran said they can only send text, not photos on WhatsApp, and that Instagram appears to be completely blocked.

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri tweeted on Thursday to stop using social media.

“People in Iran are cut off from online apps and services,” Mosseri tweeted, adding that “we hope their right to be online will be quickly restored.”

But others have taken to Twitter to express their frustration that Meta is allegedly removing photos and videos from the protests.

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British actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi tweeted: “Why is Meta deleting so many posts about the protests in Iran?”

Others, such as Israeli journalist Emily Schrader, have tweeted evidence that Mehta’s Instagram is blocking her content that supports Iranian protests.

Schroeder shared an image of Instagram blocking Amini’s death video for being “contrary” to Instagram’s “community guidelines”.

Meta did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

On Wednesday, Iranian Communications Minister said he was misquoted after news outlets quoted him as saying that authorities could disrupt internet services for security reasons.

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Social media websites such as TikTok, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are routinely blocked in parts of the Islamic Republic, which have some of the strictest internet controls in the world. But tech-savvy residents get around the restrictions by using virtual private networks (VPNs).

Reuters contributed to this report.