US Starts Farsi Twitter Account Aimed at Iranians

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. State Department has begun sending Twitter messages in Farsi in the hopes of reaching social media users in Iran.

On the Twitter account, USA darFarsi, the department tells
Iranians, "We want to join in your conversation."

The second and third tweets are more pointed. The State
Department accuses Iran's government of illegalizing dissent while
praising Egyptian protesters for the same activities.

The U.S. then calls on Iran "to allow people to enjoy same
universal rights to peacefully assemble, demonstrate as in Cairo."

Last week, the State Department launched an Arabic Twitter feed
in an effort to communicate with the Egyptian protesters who
eventually brought about the resignation of President Hosni
Mubarak.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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