Although access to Facebook and Twitter are officially blocked in Iran, it seems that the country’s top leaders still think it’s important to have a social media presence.
Reuters reports that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei now has an official Facebook page, which displays photos of Khamenei, along with the text of his speeches and pronouncements. Khamenei’s Facebook page appears to be an officially authorized presentation, according to Reuters, and already has several thousand “likes.”
Publicity for Khamenei’s Facebook page is reportedly spread with a complementary Twitter account, with tweets apparently coming from Twitter-savvy assistants in the Supreme Leader’s office.
Although blocked in Iran, social media sites are used by millions of Iranians who have found ways around government censorship mechanisms to access their favorite sites.