Zarif: Twitter, Facebook Blocking Real Iranian Accounts
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed that Twitter has blocked the accounts of "real Iranians" but overlooks the "regime change" propaganda spewing out of Washington.
Zarif made the remarks in a post on his official Twitter page on Sunday addressing Jack Patrick Dorsey, the co-founder and CEO of Twitter.
He said the accounts of real Iranians, including TV presenters and students, have been shuttered for allegedly being part of an "influence operation."
"How about looking at actual bots in Tirana used to prop up 'regime change' propaganda spewed out of DC?" the top Iranian diplomat asked, alluding to the anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization [MKO], whose members are currently based in Albanian capital city.
Iran's ambassador to UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, also took to Twitter noting that according to news outlets, there are 1,500 members of the MKO in Camp Ashraf in Albania, who produce millions of fake messages over online social media all of which seek regime change in Iran.
The Iranian diplomat noted that as demanded by Zarif, Twitter must take action to shutter these fake accounts as well.
Back in August, Google removed 39 YouTube channels linked to the Iranian state broadcaster. Google terminated those accounts, along with six blogs on its Blogger service and 13 Google+ accounts linked with Iran. The move came after Twitter and Facebook also blocked hundreds of accounts on suspicion of possible ties with Iran.
Google and Facebook claimed those social media channels and accounts were tied to Iran and Russia and disseminated “disinformation.”
In an article for Press TV, Walt Peretto, an American writer, researcher, analyst noted that “with Google and Facebook’s ties to Western intelligence agencies and their track record of disinfo, such accusations against Iran and Russia appear to be reminiscent of Orwellian doublespeak.”
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team