Jack Dorsey Tweets @HassanRouhani About Access to Twitter in Iran
BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, October 1 2013
It appears that Jack Dorsey and Iran's new president are having a moment on Twitter. The co-founder of Twitter asked President Rouhani if the citizens of Iran, who are banned from accessing Twitter and Facebook, could see his tweets. Dorsey actually got a response from the President of Iran:
— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) October 1, 2013
Sure, I think it would be a bit of a stretch to call it a conversation, but it's a start.
— Twiplomacy (@Twiplomacy) October 1, 2013
Dorsey tweeted about the Iranian President on both Saturday and Sunday:
Inspiring to see Iranian President @HassanRouhani on Twitter. Welcome.
— Jack Dorsey (@jack) September 28, 2013
— Jack Dorsey (@jack) September 30, 2013
Still, in spite of the legitimacy an exchange with Dorsey might confer to Hassan Rouhani, there remains skepticism as to his identity:
@HassanRouhani Dear Mr Rouhani, Is it really you tweeting, or is it your press office? I'd love to know. Thanks. Douglas
— Douglas Carswell MP (@DouglasCarswell) October 1, 2013
He is not, after all, a verified user.
— David Clinch (@DavidClinchNews) October 1, 2013
The exchange also inspired sarcastic comments about detained bloggers:
.@HassanRouhani great, looking forward to see tweets from Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, Hossein Derakhshan, Majid Tavakoli & Jafar Panahi soon
— Asteris Masouras 秋 (@asteris) October 1, 2013
And the official media's access to Iran and vice versa:
— Saman Arbabi (@SamanArbabi) October 1, 2013
Bottom line? Even more mixed messages from the President of Iran, who has gone back and forth on his policies on Internet restrictions.
Personal Democracy Media is grateful to the Omidyar Network and the UN Foundation for their generous support of techPresident's WeGov section.