Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Asks Iranian President Rouhani When He Will Allow His Countrymen Access To Twitter

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Fatimah Mazhar
Twitter co-founder and Chairman Jack Dorsey tweeted an important question to the Iranian President on Tuesday, posing a query that many had been wanting to ask Hassan Rouhani ever since his Rosh Hashanah wishes did the rounds in September.

Twitter Chairman Jack Dorsey Tweets Iranian President Rouhani

Twitter co-founder and Chairman Jack Dorsey tweeted an important question to the Iranian President on Tuesday, posing a query that many had been wanting to ask Hassan Rouhani ever since his Rosh Hashanah wishes did the rounds in September.

Here’s what Dorsey posted:

And here’s what people had been saying to Rouhani long before the chairman of Twitter joined in:

 

 

 

 

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Since it was the creator of Twitter himself asking the controversial question this time round, the Iranian leader just had to reply.

Referring to his much-hyped interview with CNN’s Christine Amanpour, Rouhani posted the following tweet.

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Dorsey retweeted and thanked Rouhani for his consideration:

Internet censorship in Iran increased under the former government of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. Social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter were blocked amid widespread protests against Ahmadinejad in 2009.

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Iranians hoped for a less strict online environment under Hassan Rouhani, who is believed to be a progressive and a much more tolerant leader than his predecessors. In June, Rouhani even said that he didn’t support web censorship saying “in the age of digital revolution, one cannot live or govern in quarantine”.

On September 16, the people of Iran discovered that they were able to directly access Facebook and Twitter. Rouhani was widely praised for being a man of his word. 

However, a few hours later, the ban was restored by Iranian authorities who clarified that a ‘technical glitch’ and not the government had provided direct access to the social media websites.

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Let’s hope Rouhani takes Jack Dorsey’s message seriously and lets Iranians post their tweets like he can.

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