Tens Of Millions Still Use Instagram In Iran Despite Crackdown: Meta
Iran has been rocked by citizen outrage since the September 16 death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini following her arrest for an alleged breach of dress rules for women.
Despite the Iranian government's crackdown on Instagram and other social media platforms, tens of millions of Iranians are still using the image-centric platform, according to Meta, the parent company of Instagram.
The platform has been widely used by Iranians to shed light on the protests and the brutal response to them, and people have also shared Instagram footage of the protests with international media outlets, many of whom can't report directly from Iran.
Citizens are finding ways to access the platform, including using virtual private network software and a "light" version of the Instagram app. Meta has put policies in place to remove posts that "outs" activists and journalists.
Hashtags related to the protests in Iran have been used on Instagram more than 160 million times since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in custody in September.