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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’ Apr 16
Following the U.S. designation of the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation, removes the pages for Qasem Soleimani and other related Guards pages.
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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’ Apr 16
Replying to @instagram @khamenei
Instagram now remove Khamenei's English Instagram account .en His Persian and Arabic account remains in place, however.
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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’ Apr 16
Replying to @instagram @khamenei
Instagram refers US sanctions as reason for account closures: β€œWe operate under the constraints of U.S. sanctions laws. We work with appropriate government authorities to ensure we meet our legal obligations, including those relating to the recent designation of the IRGC."
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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’ Apr 16
On talking about / 's decision to remove IRGC related accounts today. Major point though: content removal processes are unclear, and Instagram's statement today, referencing sanctions and the terrorist list were more so.
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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’ Apr 16
Replying to @article19org
There is a good briefing on unclear content removal processes by social media companies that is relevant regarding today's decision about these Iranian Revolutionary Guards accounts that is a good reference.
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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’ Apr 17
Replying to @maasalan
It’s always refreshing to wake up to read accusations that you’re a defender of the Revolutionady Guards. I have spent a big chunk of my professional career trying to document their cruel and repressive work to erode human rights in Iran. I have no love for them.
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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’ Apr 17
Replying to @maasalan
What I did rather was criticize Facebook after they removed accounts based on reasons that lacked clarity& were arbitrary. These same decisions are used to stifle Palestinian human rights activists seen as threats to Israel, or Kurdish freedom fighters seen as threats to Turkey.
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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’ Apr 17
Replying to @maasalan
These decisions should be criticized. I said similar things when Telegram complied with a request of the Iranian government during protests. You need to demand accountability and transparency from these platforms on their decisions.
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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’ Apr 18
Replying to @maasalan
The page for the head of judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi is back up, after its brief takedown. While his one account was down, many others like it remained online, which again, further highlights the fact that there is unclarity in the content moderation process.
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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’ Apr 18
Replying to @maasalan
In a worrying sign for the filtering of Instagram, Iran's parliamentary cultural commission asks for there to be accountability with Ministry of ICT &Rouhani for allowing Instagram to flourish without local alternatives.
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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’
IRGC affiliated Tasnim News Agency () has its Instagram profile removed following Soleimani’s assassination. Unclear if because of Soleimani’s terrorist designation and their coverage of him. Semi-official remains live, with commemorative posts.
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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’ Jan 3
Replying to @instagram
Individual Iranians are also reporting their posts are being removed by Instagram if they’re related to Soleimani. Would be good to get a statement on on the logic behind these removals.
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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’ Jan 3
Replying to @instagram
Journalist in Iran reports posts removed: 1st of a Quronic verse commemorating martyrs, & 2nd a photo of Soleimani. Would be good to hear what 's decisions are on these moderation policies. Soleimani content still persists on Instagram despite these removals
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Ahmed Zidan Jan 3
Both agencies’ accounts on Facebook remain active.
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mahsa alimardani πŸŒ’ Jan 3
Do they have Farsi accounts? Their English language ones are different.
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Ana-Diamond Jan 3
This is really fascinating but also worrying? Why would they shut down I’d be curious to know, especially as it comes after the assassination.
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Ana-Diamond Jan 3
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