The debate in
Not that long ago, Iranian authorities were describing
But under the government of new President
Rohani campaigned on a platform of moderation and spoke out against censorship, promising more openness if he was elected.
Now several of his cabinet members, including Foreign Minister
He said there are still many risks and potential dangers involved in using the social-networking site, but a public ban is unnecessary.
A few days earlier, he said the government had not changed its mind about unblocking
The increasing use of
Many Iranians have long demanded an easing of online filtering by the state and better and faster access to the Internet.
Communications and Information Technology Minister
He said he did not have a Facebook page but confirmed that some of his colleagues do.
"They express their views on their [Facebook] pages, and they also like to hear the views of others about them," Vaezi said in a
But both websites were quickly reblocked and some semi-official news agencies reported that a glitch was behind the sudden access.
Copyright (c) 2011. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,
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