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State Department Launches Twitter in Farsi

February 14, 2011

Yay! Great outreach:

The U.S. State Department launched a Farsi Twitter feed on Sunday to reach out to Internet-savvy Iranians, reports CNN. Its first tweet reads: “US State Dept recognizes historic role of social media among Iranians. We want to join in your conversations.” It’s not clear, however, that Iranians return the sentiment, given that the feed has only 15 followers so far. The move comes as Iranian activists attempted to arrange a protest expressing solidarity with the uprising in Egypt

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The Farsi feed follows on the heels of an Arabic-language Twitter launched by the State Department last week.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Thain permalink
    February 14, 2011 1:43 pm

    Excellent- that’s a great idea for them to do this.

  2. February 14, 2011 1:45 pm

    Today we have activity in Bahrain, Yemen, and Iran. In Bahrain, I understand people are seeking human rights (not regime change), but they are being beaten and arrested.

    I don’t think anyone in Arab countries or in Iran want the US to actively help them become free, but they also don’t want the US to actively oppose their efforts. – And I wonder if the rumor about Mubarak being comatose is correct?

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      February 14, 2011 2:41 pm

      The Germans are denying it and the Egyptian ambassador to the US is being coyly vague. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s faking it, buying more time as he secures his assets abroad.

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