Arab Today, arab today twitter verifies account of iran\s top diplomat zarif
Last Updated : GMT 18:16:18
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Twitter verifies account of Iran\'s top diplomat Zarif

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Twitter verifies account of Iran\'s top diplomat Zarif

Tehran - AFP

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran\'s media savvy foreign minister, has become the first Iranian official to have a verified account on Twitter, although no one inside the country can legally read his tweets. In fact technically it is illegal for Zarif to have a Twitter account at all. But since President Hassan Rowhani, a reputed moderate, took office in August, the authorities appear to be showing a greater tolerance on social, cultural and media issues. Using the newly-activated account @JZarif, the foreign minister caused a diplomatic shockwave on September 5 when he wished Jews a happy Rosh Hashanah (new year) and also stated that Iran did not deny the Holocaust. On Friday morning, the account, where Zarif tweets in English to nearly 19,000 followers, was denoted by a blue check mark -- an official Twitter logo for verified accounts. The US-educated diplomat also regularly updates his Facebook page (facebook.com/jzarif) where he posts in Farsi, and sometimes interacts with some of his more-than 184,000 fans. But Zarif grabbed global media attention -- as well as criticism from hardliners at home -- when he engaged on September 5 in a conversation with Christine Pelosi, the daughter of ex-speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. The move was unprecedented not only because Iran and the United States have no diplomatic relations but also because of the contents of the message. In the exchange which arose from his new year greeting, Iran\'s top diplomat condemned the World War II Nazi massacre of the Jews after Pelosi asked for clarification of the Islamic republic\'s official position on the Holocaust. Zarif replied: \"Iran never denied it (the Holocaust). The man who was perceived to be denying it is now gone. Happy New Year.\" He was referring to hardline ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose turbulent eight years in office were marked by anti-Israeli diatribes and denial of the Holocaust, leading to Iran being increasingly isolated in the international community. However Zarif\'s tweets can only be read inside Iran by people who have illegal VPN software that get past a systematic filtering mechanism set up by the authorities. Under the system, Iran blocks access to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and numerous other sites, including blogs and pornographic hubs, as it tries to stop its population from surfing content authorities see as undermining the Islamic regime, or as being immoral. Despite the systematic ban however, several pages on social networking sites are believed to be operated by Iranian officials, including a Facebook page (facebook.com/www.Khamenei.ir) and a twitter account, @khamenei_ir, dedicated to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran\'s ultimate authority. Rowhani has on a number of occasions voiced criticism over the Islamic state interfering in the private lives of citizens, hitting out at a campaign against forbidden but widely-used satellite dishes as well as calling the filtering of Internet websites a senseless act. It is however unclear whether any immediate change to Internet censorship is on the horizon. Since Rowhani took office, the number of pages and accounts attributed to officials has been on the rise. Among them is the twitter account @HassanRouhani, widely believed to be run by the presidency office, which also wished Jews a happy new year on September 5. However, the president\'s media affairs advisor, Mohammad Reza Sadeq, has denied that the president has any official association with the account, stressing: \"Hassan Rowhani does not have a twitter account.\" \"Supporters and fans of Mr Rowhani were active in the cyberspace ... and on pages they opened in his name,\" Sadeq told the Fars news agency on September 5. \"Such activities are regular in the course of an election. It is possible that some of these pages are still active,\" he added. In another case, a Facebook page in the name of Iran\'s first-ever female foreign ministry spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham, was going viral before she officially denied being on the popular social networking site.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today twitter verifies account of iran\s top diplomat zarif Arab Today, arab today twitter verifies account of iran\s top diplomat zarif

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today twitter verifies account of iran\s top diplomat zarif Arab Today, arab today twitter verifies account of iran\s top diplomat zarif

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today Taxi! Transport gets an overhaul

GMT 12:09 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Taxi! Transport gets an overhaul
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Turkey warns of 'security' steps

GMT 12:17 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Turkey warns of 'security' steps
Arab Today, arab today North Korea 'more opaque'

GMT 10:50 2017 Sunday ,24 September

North Korea 'more opaque'
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Ministry seeks to improve education

GMT 14:49 2017 Sunday ,17 September

Ministry seeks to improve education
Arab Today, arab today 'Lady Beast' fights for girl gamers

GMT 10:27 2017 Sunday ,24 September

'Lady Beast' fights for girl gamers
Arab Today, arab today Psychologists help Mexico deal

GMT 05:05 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Psychologists help Mexico deal
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Third generation adds more power

GMT 13:40 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Third generation adds more power
Arab Today, arab today Carmakers face billions in European

GMT 12:37 2017 Saturday ,23 September

Carmakers face billions in European
Arab Today, arab today Lebleba is preoccupied in filming 'Back Street'

GMT 08:56 2017 Thursday ,21 September

Lebleba is preoccupied in filming 'Back Street'
Arab Today, arab today Big Western brands polluting oceans

GMT 20:10 2017 Saturday ,23 September

Big Western brands polluting oceans

GMT 08:59 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Youssra prepares for launching her program

GMT 10:16 2017 Friday ,22 September

All eyes on May as she prepares

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha

GMT 12:01 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands brace

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 18:11 2017 Saturday ,23 September

Doctor provides advices to families

GMT 13:36 2017 Saturday ,23 September

unveils Joon - the 'millenials' airline

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 12:46 2017 Thursday ,21 September

Google likely to buy stake in Taiwan smartphone maker HTC

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday