Obama Keeps the Twitter Revolution Online

Image: <a href="http://twitter.com/mousavi1388">Twitter</a>

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.


Publicly, Obama administration has been playing it pretty cool on the Iranian election, but it seems that the first tech-savvy White House has already played an important role on the backend of the Twitter Revolution. Reuters reports that over the weekend the State Department urged Twitter not to shut down for an upgrade that would have cut off service to oppostion tweeters in Iran. “We highlighted to them that this was an important form of communication,” says an unnamed State official. Twitter delayed the upgrade with no mention of any official pressure. Does the administration deserve props for getting it, technologically and politically? Or should it have kept its hands off a situation that bloggers such as Andrew Sullivan were all over?

MOTHER JONES NEEDS YOUR HELP

Straight to the point: Donations have been concerningly slow for our hugely important First $500,000 fundraising campaign. We urgently need your help, and a lot of help, over the next few weeks so we can pay for the one-of-a-kind journalism you get from us.

Learn more in “Less Dreading, More Doing,” where we lay out this wild moment and how we can keep charging hard for you. And please help if you can: $5, $50, or $500—every gift from every person truly matters right now.

payment methods

MOTHER JONES NEEDS YOUR HELP

Straight to the point: Donations have been concerningly slow for our hugely important First $500,000 fundraising campaign. We urgently need your help, and a lot of help, over the next few weeks so we can pay for the one-of-a-kind journalism you get from us.

Learn more in “Less Dreading, More Doing,” where we lay out this wild moment and how we can keep charging hard for you. And please help if you can: $5, $50, or $500—every gift from every person truly matters right now.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate