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Iran's Efforts to Control Information Are Apparent Both at Home and Abroad

By Edward Carney

It was announced on Thursday that Twitter had removed thousands of accounts that appeared to be participating in a disinformation campaign backed by the Iranian government. It was not the first such announcement to be made by either Twitter or other social media platforms that have been struggling to manage false and misleading content since the revelation of foreign interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Although much of the public dialogue about coordinated manipulation of social media has focused on Russia, other adversaries of the US have adopted similar tactics, and Iran’s capabilities in this regard have apparently growth considerably in recent months.

Iran flood death toll is much higher than reported

By INU Staff

INU- Maryam Rajavi, the President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has called for popular councils to be created to deal with the current Iranian flooding crisis as the official death toll reaches more than 200; mostly from Shiraz.

Iranian Athletes Comply with Ban on Facing Israelis, or Suffer the Consequences

By Edward Carny

In keeping with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s self-image as a bulwark against the Jewish state of Israel, it is well-known among Iranian athletes and other professional competitors that they are effectively disallowed from engaging in friendly competition with Israeli opponents. Of course, such discrimination is not permitted by any of the international bodies governing competitive events in which Iran participates. So in practice, adherence to this rule often involves faking an injury ahead of competition, deliberately losing in a prior round, or simply forfeiting a match.

Instagram May Be Banned in Iran, but Observers Wonder Why Now

By Mahmoud Hakamian

On Tuesday, a report by Buzzfeed News made reference to a “looming” ban on the photo and video-sharing social media platform Instagram, following an upsurge in official statements portraying the site as a conduit for criminal activity and a source of moral decay. If the ban does go into effect, Instagram would join a number of other popular social media sites that have already been blocked by the Ministry of Technology, including Twitter, Facebook, and the instant messaging app Telegram, which joined the list last spring, following mass protests that ostensibly used Telegram for organizing.

Over 12,000 People Killed in Road Accidents in Iran Since March

By INU Staff

INU - Over 12,000 people have been killed in car accidents in Iran in the first eight months of the Persian year, which began on March 21, according to the Iranian Legal Medicine Organization (ILMO).

The state-run ISNA news agency reported on January 5 that the ILMO figures showed that 12,261 people (9,587 men and 2,674 women) were killed in road traffic accidents between March 21 and November 21; a 0.9% increase on last year’s figures. The number of people injured in these accidents has also risen 9.5% compared with last year.

Ban on Instagram Signals Iran's Ongoing Repression of Public Activism

By Edward Carney

Iran’s National Cyberspace Council recently announced approved plans to block access to Instagram, the last major social networking service to be officially tolerated inside the country. As with other services such as Twitter, the assault on Instagram comes in spite of the fact that high-ranking government officials maintain an active presence on the network. President Hassan Rouhani, for instance, has two million followers whom he addresses in both Persian and English. Rouhani, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and other leading officials also continue to use the already-banned services to communicate with an international audience, as well as with the many Iranians who use technical workarounds to evade the ban.

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