Twitter Postpones Schedule Maintenance to Keep Flow of Iran-related Information Going

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With the current turmoil in Iran worsening, social networking site Twitter and its Co-Founder Biz Stone have decided to delay a crucial scheduled maintenance. Originally, the much-needed fix was scheduled for overnight, but has now been pushed to 2 to 3 p.m. Pacific time Tuesday, which would be the middle of the night in Iran.

NTT America, a division of Japanese telecommunications giant Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Co., hosts the micro-networking site, and they have taken a major risk in realizing the important role Twitter is playing in Iran, where most other social networking outlets like YouTube and Facebook have reportedly been banned.

Tehran in Turmoil: Who is Iran’s President, Mousavi or Ahmadinejad

Chaos in Iran: Streets of Tehran after Presidential Elections

Iran’s Presidential elections did not going as smooth as the government had hoped. There was much bad-mouthing by rivals Mir Hossein Mousavi and incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leading up to the elections and things got really out of hand post-election. Both men claimed victory but in the end, the government ruled in Ahmadinejad’s favor, bringing accusations of fraud and corruption.

The result of all this is a country in political unrest, with Mousavi supporters taking it to the streets of Iran head-on against public order police.

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