(NEW YORK) -- For the first time in four years, many Iranians reportedly were able to log on to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter last month without using virtual private networks or anti-filtering software. But Tuesday, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey had questions about Iranians' ability to tweet.
Jack Dorsey @jack6h "@HassanRouhani Good evening, President. Are citizens of Iran able to read your tweets?" Dorsey (@jack6h) tweeted at Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.
The president responded from his own Twitter account:
"Evening, @Jack. As I told @camanpour, my efforts geared 2 ensure my ppl'll comfortably b able 2 access all info globally as is their #right," @HassanRouhani1h tweeted to Dorsey.
Though his wording is confusing, it echoes comments he made to ABC's Christiane Amanpour last week.
“All my efforts are geared to ensure that the people of Iran will comfortably be able to access all information globally and to use it," he said. "There are large social networks at a global level around today. And I believe that all human beings have a right, and all nations have a right to use them.”
Following election protests in 2009, the Iranian government blocked access to Twitter in a bid to limit reporting from the ground. The Green Movement protests, in response to former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election, sparked millions of Iranians to share information and pictures on Twitter. Since then, Iranians have turned to special software to to navigate around the block.
Given current restrictions, Rouhani insisted to Amanpour, “One of my plans is to reduce the problems that people face currently on these issues, so that within those sort of moral frameworks that we have for ourselves, that we are able to access these social network sites.”
Just three months after President Hassan Rouhani was elected, pledging greater online access, some Iranian officials have become more active on social media.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif started tweeting earlier this month, and Twitter has already verified his account.
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