Iran’s Supreme Leader adds Facebook to growing online presence, despite official ban

Khamenei.ir Facebook

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, is a major force behind the country’s increasingly draconian internet filtering. But Khamenei himself has now apparently showed up on a long-blocked site: Facebook. The Khamenei.ir Facebook page is one of many Khamenei pages, but unlike the others, it seems legitimate, and has been publicized by what Reuters reports is an official Twitter account run by the Supreme Leader’s office. Besides Twitter and now Facebook, Khamenei’s office joined Instagram earlier this year — and photos from Instagram have so far populated the Facebook page, showing a young Khamenei during the Islamic Revolution among other images.

Elsewhere, joining Facebook and Twitter would be unremarkable, but Iran has…

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