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US Gives Lift to Iran Protesters, Easing Internet Curbs

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The Treasury Department is easing restrictions on internet services to Iran as protests roil the country, widening access to social media and other tools in a move that officials said is meant to increase the flow of information for ordinary people.

Guidance released Friday expands the list of services US companies can provide in Iran despite broad sanctions that prohibit most foreign business.

The guidance was released a week after demonstrations began over the fate of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in custody after she was arrested for allegedly flouting Islamic dress codes.

Iran cut off internet access to 80 million people on Wednesday. Elon Musk, the world's richest man, had drawn attention to the drama earlier in the week when he raised the possibility that his satellite internet service Starlink would seek an exemption to operate in Iran.

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