Zarif slams Twit­ter’s dou­ble stan­dards

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Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif in a mes­sage con­demned Twit­ter for prac­tic­ing dou­ble stan­dards on shut­ter­ing Ira­nian ac­counts.

“Hello @Jack [Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twit­ter]. Twit­ter has shut­tered ac­counts of real Ira­ni­ans, incl TV pre­sen­ters & stu­dents, for sup­pos­edly be­ing part of an ‘in­flu­ence op’,” Zarif tweeted on Sun­day.

“How about look­ing at ac­tual bots in Ti­rana used to prop up ‘regime change’ pro­pa­ganda spewed out of DC?,” he added.

For­mer mem­bers of the an­tiiran ter­ror­ist Mu­ja­hedin-e Khalq Or­ga­ni­za­tion (MKO) still stranded in the Al­ba­nian cap­i­tal, Ti­rana, have de­scribed how the MKO uses thou­sands of fake Twit­ter ac­counts to both pro­mote their or­ga­ni­za­tion and to boost on­line calls for regime change, Al­jazeera re­ported.

“Over­all I would say that sev­eral thou­sand ac­counts are man­aged by about 1,000-1,500 MKO mem­bers,” for­mer MKO mem­ber, Has­san Heyrani, told The Lis­ten­ing Post.

Last month, Google, Face­book and Twit­ter an­nounced the shut­down of pages and ac­counts they say were linked to Iran.

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