Dhe government-imposed internet censorship in response to nationwide protests has left a million Iranians unemployed. This was announced by the national community of online businesses on Thursday. “Almost all online businesses are affected by internet censorship, the blocking of the Instagram app alone has paralyzed 400,000 online companies in the last few days and over a million people have lost their jobs,” the association said, according to the news portal Khabarfoori.
The authorities responsible for the restrictions and blocks are responsible for the serious consequences for the online industry. In addition, the measures would soon lead to even more qualified workers leaving the country and emigrating.
Also blocked Instagram and WhatsApp
In response to the protests, the government severely restricted access to the Internet last week and blocked some apps entirely. Mobile radio networks in particular hardly work at all. This is intended to make it more difficult for the demonstrators to communicate with each other or to share videos and pictures on social media. According to Telecommunications Minister Issa Sarepur, the restrictions will remain in place for as long as necessary.
Blocked apps also include Instagram and WhatsApp. The two applications play an important role in the online business of around ten million Iranians. Instagram served as an exhibition space for many, WhatsApp was used as a communication and payment portal. According to media reports, the losses after the lockdown are in the millions.