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[liberationtech] Iranian are bypass the Twitter censorship and sanction by their mobile phones

Collin Anderson collin at averysmallbird.com
Tue Jan 27 16:28:51 PST 2015


Support for Iran, Cuba and a number of other countries has been added to
Twitter: http://mashable.com/2015/01/27/twitter-iran-cuba/

On Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 4:18 PM, Nariman Gharib <nariman.gh at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi John,
>
> On Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 8:41 PM, John Adams <jna at retina.net> wrote:
>
>> This series of posts conflicts about three different problems. It's
>> hard to tell what you're having an issue with: Government censorship,
>> lack of SMS, or 2-factor in the places.
>>
>> From what I know:
>>
>> 1. If any censorship of Twitter is going on, it's Iran, and not
>> Twitter that is censoring the communications. If the telcos are
>> blocking messages from Twitter's SMS source, it's the telcos.
>>
>> 2. It's possible Twitter doesn't have a business relationship with any
>> SMS carriers in the country, so that can break phone verification. You
>> can still download the client on ios or android and use the code
>> generation in the client to verify a device, if Twitter is reachable
>> across the Internet from Iran.
>
> ​Google does? Facebook does? you can't activate your 2step verification
> via app without adding your phone number in Twitter as far as I know.​
>
>
>>
>> 3. Who blocked this "Trick" of modifying the page with +98? The page
>> is completely in SSL, so if that change isn't working anymore then
>> most likely,  Twitter modified the page.
>>
>
> ​Twitter did that.​
>
>
>>
>> 4. "I wonder if there's a way to get Twitter to remove the restriction
>> for users based in Iran." --  This is a problem that the Iranian
>> government needs to solve, not Twitter.
>>
> ​Yes you are right. But 'I think' Twitter have a concern about activists
> and high profile internet users in Iran, because the verification code
> comes from a text message to the phone number, it's easy for the Government
> or IRGC to find those Twitter accounts owners.
>
>>
>> It's easier to figure out how to fix these things when you're clear in
>> the way that you express the problem.
>>
> ​You are right and I'm sorry.​
>
>
>>
>> -j
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM, Griffin Boyce <griffin at cryptolab.net>
>> wrote:
>> >   I wonder if Twitter restricts accounts to one per phone number. Phone
>> > verification is readily bypassed with something like twilio, but only
>> the
>> > *most* advanced users would be able to pull this off.  It would be worth
>> > setting up an app to allow Iranian users to bypass it
>> semi-automatically,
>> > but spambots and abusers would *decimate* it.
>> >
>> >   I wonder if there's a way to get Twitter to remove the restriction for
>> > users based in Iran. There's not really a good reason for it in the
>> first
>> > place =/
>> >
>> > ~Griffin
>> >
>> > Nariman Gharib wrote:
>> >>
>> >> no it doesn't. they blocked this 'trick' and also many Iranian users
>> >> can't register to Twitter anymore because it require phone
>> >> verification on sign-up page.
>> >>
>> >> On Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 5:11 PM, Kate Krauss <katie at critpath.org>
>> >> wrote:
>> >>
>> >>> Does this still work?
>> >>>
>> >>> Thanks,
>> >>>
>> >>> Katie
>> >>>
>> >>> On Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM, Nariman Gharib
>> >>> <nariman.gh at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >>>
>> >>>> Hi,
>> >>>> Basically as you knew Iran is not on the country list of Twitter.
>> >>>> I've reached to Twitter and they know about this issue.
>> >>>>
>> >>>> Iranians are gets very active on Twitter after 2009 Pres.Election
>> >>>> till now and the numbers of the users all of the time are growing.
>> >>>> It's sad we see Twitter hasn't Iran on the list while Google and
>> >>>> other networks are supporting Iran's telephone numbers for give
>> >>>> the users the option to enable the 2step verification.
>> >>>>
>> >>>> so today I wrote an article on my blog and teach iranians how they
>> >>>> can active their twitter telephone number(SMS service and active
>> >>>> their 2step verification) from inside iran.
>> >>>> https://twitter.com/ListenToUs/status/497374522426015744 [1]
>> >>>>
>> >>>> how: actually when you are going to submit a number of twitter
>> >>>> website, with Inspect element on chrome you can add +98 on the
>> >>>> form and write your in the telephone number field and twitter will
>> >>>> send you a text message and everything is going to successful.
>> >>>>
>> >>>> and many iranians are now have twitter verification on their
>> >>>> phones and some of them like this man:
>> >>>> https://twitter.com/ziarlarimi/status/497484191613726720 [2]
>> >>>> texting from IRAN without using any circumvention tools.
>> >>>>
>> >>>> I hope twitter will decide to add Iran to the 'INTERFACE' of the
>> >>>> website,because on the backend everything is fine.
>> >>>>
>> >>>> Thanks
>> >>>> Nariman
>> >
>> >
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