Jurist: Officials must do away with banned social networks

December 17, 2018

TEHRAN – Mohsen Esmaeili, a Guardian Council jurist, has criticized authorities’ active use of banned social media networks, saying everyone must obey the rules, ISNA reported on Monday.

“It doesn’t make sense to be actively present in a [social media] network when it is banned,” Esmaeili said, adding, “Then how do you expect people to obey the laws and regulations?”

He further argued that if the law is good, it’s good for everyone and if it’s bad, it’s bad for everyone.

In recent years, some cabinet members have become pioneers in using banned networks, most prominently Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who regularly posts on his Twitter account.

MH/PA

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