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US lets firms expand internet services in Iran amid blackout

The American move to support internet freedom in Iran comes as protests continue over the death of Mahsa Amini.
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The US Treasury Department on Friday issued a license authorizing American firms to provide additional internet services in Iran without risking sanctions, a move aimed at countering government censorship of protests over the death of a young Iranian woman in custody. 

Biden administration officials said the updated sanctions guidance will help Iranians confront the government’s internet restrictions and surveillance through modern communication tools, including video conferencing, e-gaming, social media platforms and cloud-based services that deliver virtual private networks (VPNs).

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