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#IranElection: US State Dept Asking Twitter to Stay Up

June 16, 2009

The Revolution will be Tweeted

The US  State Department is asking Twitter to not shut down for maintenance. Twitter the micro blogging social media website is one of the Iranians only means of communication. You can find breaking news on the unrest in Iran due to the sham election of Ahmadinejad by browsing Twitter search results for:  #IranElection

Twitter had  scheduled a maintenance downtime yesterday evening. But due to what likely were multiple requests (hashtag  #nomaintenance) from the Twitter community who are Tweeting in solidarity with the Iranian protests they re-scheduled for today:

Scheduled maintenance today: We will have 1hr of downtime at 2p Pacific on June 16. Read more.

They may change their mind again, as Anderson Cooper reports:

State Department to Twitter: Keep Iranian tweets coming

Senior officials say the State Department is working with Twitter and other social networking sites to ensure Iranians are able to continue to communicate to each other and the outside world.

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For example, senior officials say the State Department asked Twitter to refrain for going down for periodic scheduled maintenance at this critical time to ensure the site continues to operate. Bureau’s and offices across the State Department, they say, are paying very close attention to Twitter and other sites to get information on the situation in Iran. Read the rest >>>

My Twitter account: http://twitter.com/velvethammer

Previously:
[Update XI:] Iran closes Al Arabiya’s offices in Tehran] Iran Erupts: Sham Election Ignites Heated Protests

[Updated w/ report of police brutality – photo] Video: Iranian Riot Police on Motorcycles Ram Straight Through Protesters

Iran Jamming BBC Satellite Used to Broadcast BBC Persian TV

Open Thread-Iran Election Aftermath [Update 6: June 15 election protest-photo AP photog. reports seeing 1 person shot & killed]

Video: In Iran a Basij militia armed with an AK-47 opens fire into crowd of protesters from rooftop

Twitter Alert: #IranElection “So you want to help Iranians, but you’re not actually in Iran? Here’s what you can do to help”

Twitter Alert: #IranElection Cyberwarfare Guide

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