The sanctions restrict the ability of Iranians to shop online.
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Before Nazilla Akbari can check out the latest offerings on Twitter or YouTube, she scrolls through an array of icons on her smartphone, searching for the right workaround to bypass state censors.Iranian authorities have sought to limit Western cultural influence since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. They began blocking popular sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube when activists used them to organize mass protests and document a crackdown after disputed elections in 2009 .That hasn't stopped Iranians from accessing such sites through virtual private networks, or VPNs, and other services. It also hasn't prevented a number of top Iranian officials from using the sites to broadcast the official line. Many Iranians say surfing the web remains a disappointing experience.The sanctions also restrict the ability of Iranians to shop online.Amazon refuses to ship to Iran because of the sanctions.
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