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

Nariman Gharib nariman.gh at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 16:32:13 PST 2015


Yes, but just a name has been added to the list, without give a ability to
the people inside Iran to add their phone numbers and following that
enabling 2-step verification.

I think they will use it for Trend,Ads and other Big data things! BUT it's
one step forward! I hope in the feature they put the fears behind and let
them to enable 2-step verification.



On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 12:28 AM, Collin Anderson <collin at averysmallbird.com
> wrote:

> 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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