“The Iranian regime blocks social media for Iranians, then follows Israel to hear what they’re saying. Let me tell you, it’s not good,” said a top Israeli diplomat.
M.Reza Noroozpour, Deputy of the Iranian Government’s Spokesman, is following the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Persian-Language Twitter account.
“A new follower on our Persian-language twitter, here to learn what Iranians think about his regime when they’re not being silenced,” tweeted Yiftah Curiel, head of Digital Diplomacy at the Foreign Ministry.
“The Iranian regime blocks social media for Iranians, then follows Israel to hear what they’re saying; let me tell you, it’s not good…,” Director General of Israel’s Foreign Ministry Yuval Rotem added.
Israel’s digital diplomacy team last week celebrated a milestone in its social media campaign to the Farsi-speaking world, and specifically Iran, when it reached 500,000 followers of its Instagram account.
“Many thanks to the 500,000 Iranian friends who follow us,” the Foreign Ministry said in its Farsi Instagram account.
Israel has an extensive following in the Arabic-speaking world as well.
More than 1.5 million Arabic speakers from 22 Arab countries follow Israel in Arabic on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, with content viewed hundreds of millions of times annually.
The use of social media enables Israel to share a message of diversity, peace, and coexistence, as well as information on current political and security developments with millions of Arabs around the world, the Foreign Ministry explained.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry maintains more than 800 online channels in 50 languages.
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