Ayatollah Khamenei opened a Facebook account despite being blocked in Iran
Iran is a country that controls Internet usage of its population, creating local versions of some services and blocking others, such as Facebook. However, this was not an impediment to the country’s supreme leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei , create his own profile on the social network.
Ayatollah created his account on Friday, and already has over 11,000 “likes”, although technically the social network is blocked by the country’s internet filters. The situation is at least incongruous: Filters are imposed to block content impure should not be accessed, however, the supreme leader has no trouble accessing these services.
While some experts have found more ways to bypass the blockade imposed by the government, the average citizen does not have access to Facebook, nor Twitter or English media.
In 2010, Iranian state television even accused the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, of being a “Zionist” who had offered money to the Israelis to kill Palestinians. It seems that Ayatollah changed his mind, or Facebook and does not seem so evil. The authority has so far used his profile to post pictures of themselves and links to their speeches in Persian.
Khamenei apparently like cyber media to share their message, as it also maintains a Twitter account a few years ago, and last August opened an account with Instagram, putting it among the most modern religious leaders. It is unclear how long the Ayatollah keep your social networking strategy for the world, as Iran has repeatedly insisted it is developing its own “Islamic network” that would operate separately from the rest of the Internet.
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