Iran accuses Twitter of shutting down legitimate accounts

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s clampdown on inauthentic pages, groups and accounts linked to disinformation campaigns, Iran’s Foreign Minister has accused Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of closing accounts belonging to “real” Iranians.

On Sunday 16 September, Mohammad Javad Zarif posted:

“Hello @Jack. Twitter has shuttered accounts of real Iranians, (including) TV presenters & students, for supposedly being part of an ‘influence op'”.

“How about looking at actual bots in Tirana used to prop up ‘regime change’ propaganda spewed out of DC? #YouAreBots”

In August, Twitter announced that it had suspended 284 accounts with ties to Iran for “coordinated manipulation.”

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