Iran Information Warfare on Twitter

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twitter_logo_header.pngEyeRanProtestr is an example of a Twitter identity that is clearly being used by a pro-Khamenei/Ahmadinejad deployer of misinformation.
It’s a remarkable line-up of statements, including the so-far false claim that Mousavi was arrested and that hooligan students are doing all the killing.
— Steve Clemons

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3 comments on “Iran Information Warfare on Twitter

  1. Paul Norheim says:

    (continued from the post above…)
    Twenty years ago, if you shut down domestic oppositional papers and radio stations, and expelled foreign
    media, you more or less controlled the information. If you do the same now, you actually end up having less
    control.
    The only country I know of that have solved this paradox – from a machiavellian point of view – is not China,
    but Ethiopia. The Ethiopian regime doesn`t bother to censor much on the internet. They don`t need to do
    so, as long as they maintain the slowest broadband connection in the world.

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  2. Paul Norheim says:

    Of course not – and nobody said so. But your question leads to another question, relevant far beyond the
    current Iranian crisis – a machiavellian question:
    The regime is expelling traditional journalists from more or less well respected international newspapers and
    TV-stations. This leaves the field wide open for any person or organization from any country with access to
    a PC or a mobile phone. Some of these operators may actually have far more sinister motives than the
    mainstream media – sinister also in the eyes of the oppressive regime.
    The way Iran is dealing with this may backfire. Just like the Iranian leadership in the 1970`s, the Iranian
    leadership in 2009 does not like the BBC. But one may ask whether completely uncontrolled twittering,
    propaganda and false rumors intentionally spread from Israel, USA, Arab and European countries does serve
    the interests of Ahmedinejad and the supreme leader any better then the BBC and CNN?
    The mainstream media have agendas that are often opposed to those of the regimes under threat. But even
    authoritarian regimes may soon regret expelling traditional media, when they realize that the alternative may
    be worse also for them.

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  3. confusedponderer says:

    So the Iranian government is the only one making use of twitter as an information warfare tool? I’d be amazed if that was the case.

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