Monday, June 15, 2009

Protests Continue in Iran... and YouTube Gets Blocked?

Protests continue today in Iran over the election victory claimed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Supporters of opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi have taken to the streets and continue to upload videos of their demonstrations to YouTube. Meanwhile, supporters of the opposition are uploading support videos like this one to send a message to protesters in Iran to continue to voice opposition... and even some popular YouTubers are getting in on the conversation.

It's unclear, however, that those videos are being watched inside Iran's borders: the AFP is reporting that YouTube (along with Facebook and some mobile phone services) has been cut within Iran.

Though the New York Times points out that fraud is likely due to the fact that the poll numbers remained suspiciously constant throughout the day and results were announced just a few hours after the polls closed, there are some out there who believe that the polls predicted this result all along and that claims of fraud don't hold water. We'll keep an eye out as the battle for public opinion is waged on the streets in Iran and on YouTube.


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