Facebook should be available to all citizens, Iranian official says -->
Nov. 05--TEHRAN, Iran _Facebook and other social networking sites should be "accessible" to all citizens, Iran's culture minister Ali Jannati said Tuesday, reigniting debate over the government's censorship of the Internet.
"Websites should only be blocked when this is strictly necessary," said Jannati, quoted by the semi-official Mehr news agency.
Facebook and the microblogging website Twitter were key tools for the reformist protests in 2009 against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election as president.
They were disabled by Iran's hardline authorities that year and since then have only been accessible in Iran via special software enabling users to get around filters.
Around two million Iranians are registered Facebook users and in recent months, Iran's rulers have also launched accounts on Facebook and other social networking sites.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has his own page on Facebook and on the photo-sharing application Instagram.
Iran's president Hassan Rohani and foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have Twitter accounts.
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