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Android phones in Iran receive fake earthquake alerts as Mahsa Amini protests continue

Iranian authorities are offering conflicting accounts after a fake earthquake alert was triggered on Android smartphones as the country grapples with nationwide protests following the death of Mahsa Amini.

Colonel Ramin Pashaei, deputy head of Iran’s cyber police, told Iranian state television that only Android phones received the false alert. He blamed tests at state service provider Iran Mobile Communications Co. for the alert.

In this photo illustration the Android logo seen displayed on a smartphone. Fake earthquake alerts were triggered on Android smartphones in Iran on Wednesday. (Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images/Fox News)

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This photo taken near the French National Assembly in Paris on December 6, 2022 shows banners with portraits of victims of Iran’s crackdown. (JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Iran’s state news agency IRNA described the incident as a trick and the message was false, telling the public not to leave their homes.

The two conflicting accounts of the event could not be immediately reconciled.

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Two months have passed since mass protests broke out in Iran after Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman, died in Tehran in the custody of the moral police.

The movement continues to gain strength in the Middle East and capture global attention despite continued violence and repression at the hands of the Iranian regime.

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Elnaz Rekabi’s family from Iran was mysteriously destroyed after she competed topless in an international rock climbing competition. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images)

A viral video on social media appeared to show authorities demolishing the family home of Elnaz Rekabi, a climber who competed in an international topless competition in October.

Rekabi later claimed that she had done it unintentionally, but it was widely assumed that she had expressed support for the protests.

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Iranian officials have repeatedly cut off mobile internet connection since the start of the Amini protests and disrupted access to Instagram and WhatsApp, two of the country’s most popular social media services that the public used to share violations of the human rights with the outside world.

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An Iranian fan attends the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Wales and IR Iran at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on November 25, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (fake images / fake images)

Amini’s death has sparked calls to overthrow Iran’s theocracy, one of the biggest challenges facing Tehran since the chaotic years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Human rights group HRANA said that as of last week, 469 protesters had been killed, including 64 minors. He said that 61 members of the government security forces had also been killed by the violent regime. It is believed that up to 18,210 protesters were arrested.

Google, which provides the Android software, did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on the incident.

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Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this post.

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