A technical glitch allowed some Iranians temporary access to banned social networking websites
Surprised Internet users in
They voiced their delight online, with posts revelling in the rare web freedom -- restricted in 2009 when social networking sites enabled protesters to organise anti-government demonstrations in the aftermath of a disputed presidential election.
"Dear friends in America, do you believe miracles?! Well one has just apparently happened in
Ali joined in, referring to the election of moderate President
He said in a tweet: "Twitter and
But on Tuesday, Iranian state media reported that the unblocked access -- to the websites the Iranian regime considers as undermining the Islamic regime -- was being investigated.
"If there had been any negligence, it will be punished," he said adding that he was unsure of the origin of the problem.
Such incidents have happened in the past, giving Iranians temporary, unfiltered access to the Internet.
But by Tuesday morning, access to the sites was once again blocked.
A Twitter user, Sima, was dismayed: "What a joy was last night, logging onto Twitter without the VPN ... #sigh."
The incident came a few days after
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