CNN has reported that the US State Department is working with Twitter and other social networking sites to ensure Iranians are able to continue to communicate to each other and the outside world.
By necessity, the US is staying hands off of the election drama playing out in Iran... But they do want to make sure the technology is able to play its sorely-needed role in the crisis, which is why the State Department is advising social networking sites to make sure their networks stay up and running for Iranians to use them and helping them stay ahead of anyone who would try to shut them down.
Senior officials say the State Department asked Twitter to refrain for going down for periodic scheduled maintenance at this critical time to ensure the site continues to operate... The Internet, and specifically social networking sites, are providing the United States with critical information in the face of a crackdown on journalists by Iranian authorities.
“There are lots of people here watching,” one senior official said. “There are some interesting messages going up.”
The US Government can't do much in Iran, despite what idiotic hawks may think or say. This certainly is one way that it can help facilitate the flow of information at a time when Iranian authorities are closing other media forms.