January 2, 2018 | Quoted by Michael Lipin and Setareh Derakhshesh - Voice of America

White House ‘Very Concerned’ About Iran Blocking Social Media

The Trump administration says it is “very concerned” about Tehran blocking Iranians from communicating via social media platforms in a bid to dampen several days of nationwide anti-government protests.

But Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior Iran analyst for the Foundation for Defense and Democracies, told VOA he believes the protesters are using anger about the economy as a way to express general grievances over the government.

“What is true is that the Iranian people want accountability, respect, justice. And they want their government to put their interests — national interests — ahead of the narrow, factional or regime interests,” Behnam said.

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