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Diplomatic tweets on Rosh Hashanah
inspire Internet debate in Iran

Washington Post, by Jason Rezaian

Original Article

Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 9/9/2013 1:46:57 AM

Tehran - In the wake of startling tweets from Iran wishing Jews a happy Rosh Hashanah, an unusual public debate has broken out among the country’s leadership over whether officials should use social media to send policy messages to a global audience. Over the past several years, Iranian officials — or their representatives — have opened accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. (Snip) On Saturday, a task force to study the legality of Iranians’ online activity announced that it will begin an investigation of the use of social media by officials. The task force existed before the appearance of the

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And, the very day that the Syrian Electronic Army or Unit 61398 (Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s cyberware division) hack into these "social media" devices and causes WWIII, will it matter then how stupid this idea was?

      


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Diplomatic tweets on Rosh Hashanah
inspire Internet debate in Iran
Washington Post, by Jason Rezaian    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/9/2013 1:46:57 AM     Post Reply
Tehran - In the wake of startling tweets from Iran wishing Jews a happy Rosh Hashanah, an unusual public debate has broken out among the country’s leadership over whether officials should use social media to send policy messages to a global audience. Over the past several years, Iranian officials — or their representatives — have opened accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. (Snip) On Saturday, a task force to study the legality of Iranians’ online activity announced that it will begin an investigation of the use of social media by officials. The task force existed before the appearance of the

   

 

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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/9/2013 1:24:11 AM     Post Reply
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