The NiemanLab’s Joseph Lichterman recently consulted Dr. Khazraee for an article titled “How BBC Persian is using Instagram and Telegram to get around Iranian censorship.” Dr. Khazraee lent his expertise on social media and news consumption in Iran to the converstion.
“I believe the Iranian government consciously left Instagram open because the affordances of Instagram are very limited,” Khazraee said. “You had a hard time to use it for social activism. They then herd them to one platform by letting it be accessible while blocking the other ones. Within Facebook, you have features, like organizing groups and having private groups, that you can manage to organize protests.”
–An excerpt from the article
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