The dismal state of Iran’s internet
The presence of the internet and social media that provides free information exchange for all has not been welcoming news for the ruling mullahs. On a daily basis, government cybersecurity officials and experts surface and sigh and moan about the danger and threat of cyberspace for the security of the regime.
Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders have called for March 12, the International Day Against Internet Censorship, to oblige governments to restrict citizens’ free access to the internet. But in Iran, under the rule of the mullahs, the regime not only imposes severe internet censorship but also launches a cyber army to spread lies and espionage.
Although the public is denied access to Twitter and several other social media platforms, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Iran’s president, members of Iran’s parliament, and most ministers, are active on Twitter and regularly use it to spread news and messages of their likings, even fake and unfounded news. Javad Zarif, Iran’s former Foreign Minister, was one of the most active on Twitter among state members.