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Twitter Creator Exchanges Tweets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Dorsey tweets that it's 'inspiring' to see the Iranian President active on social media, and asks 'are citizens of Iran able to read your tweets?" Good question.

By: Ynet News
Published: October 3rd, 2013 in Business » World
Jack Dorsey talks to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Twitter

A Twitter account used by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani exchanged tweets on Tuesday with Twitter founder and chairman Jack Dorsey. The BBC Wednesday that the exchange fuelled speculation that Iran's social media ban might be lifted.

Dorsey began the exchange by tweeting that it was "inspiring to see Iranian President @HassanRouhani on Twitter. Welcome."

Then he asked: "Are citizens of Iran able to read your tweets?"

The reply said Rouhani was working to ensure they would "comfortably b able 2 access all info globally as is their right."

Dorsey replied: "Please let us know how we can help to make it a reality."

The Twitter founder wrote that the "recent words and actions of both @Pontifex (Pope Francis's account) & @HassanRouhani share an impressive spirit of rethinking long-held beliefs. How refreshing!"

The BBC reported that Iran's new administration, which came to power in August, has taken to social media, using it as a diplomatic tool to engage with the rest of the world.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has an active Facebook page, as does Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh.

Rouhani, whose campaign slogan was "moderation and wisdom", has had a presence on Twitter since running for election.

He made headlines for apparently posting a New Year message to Iranian Jews, and for chronicling his recent groundbreaking telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama.

However, the BBC reported, there has been some confusion over who is actually operating Rohani's Twitter account.

The president's Twitter handle has not been authenticated by Twitter, which puts a blue tick on profiles it confirms are genuine.

After Rouhani's Jewish New Year tweet, his office told reporters that the account was controlled by those close to the president but that he did not personally author the tweets.

This story is reprinted with permission from Ynet News

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