Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty | September 29, 2010
by Golnaz Esfandiari
Iranian state-controlled television has accused Facebook and Twitter of being Iran’s “hidden enemies” and tools used by Western intelligence agencies in order to recruit new members and gather data on individuals.
The website Mardomak has posted a video of the report.
The segment starts with a short biography of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, but then goes on to say that the website is social only in appearance. According to the report: “The aim of Facebook is to identify people for special operations for Western spying agencies.”
It includes a short interview with an unidentified individual whose face is darkened and who claims he works for Facebook and cooperates with Western intelligence agencies.
“I‘ve been working for Facebook for a year and a half. I provide spy organizations with information and sell them information they need. I’m not unhappy with this work because I get a lot of money for doing it,” the unnamed individual said.
Twitter is also accused in the report of providing information about individuals to Western intelligence agencies.
“Twitter gives people the habit of informing others about their activities every second, therefore information that is not accessible on other sites is being extracted from people in order to be given to Western intelligence organizations,” according to the program’s narrator. (Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is also on Twitter and he tweets often about his views and activities.)
The report features an interview with another unidentified individual who claims he was told by Twitter officials to provide them with tapes of his conversations with friends and colleagues in case “one day it would be used by spy agencies.”