In the latest twist of social media’s role in the news, the founder of Twitter and the president of Iran engaged in a conversation on Twitter about social media access in Iran.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey began the tweeting, according to Mail Online, with the following tweet:
“@HassanRouhani Good evening, President. Are citizens of Iran able to read your tweets.”
A few hours later, a response came from the Twitter account that represents Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's office.
“Evening, @Jack. As I told @camanour, my efforts geared 2 ensure my ppl'll comfortably b able 2 access all info globally as is their right.”
Soon after, Dorsey retweeted the president’s reply. Dorsey thanked Rouhani and offered, “Please let us know how we can help to make it a reality.”
CNN reports that in the exchange to which Rouhani referred, Christiane Amanpour asked Rouhani about his own prolific tweeting, and whether he would open up social networks for Iranians to access more freely.
"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," Rouhani told Amanpour.
Rouhani also told Amanpour that during his presidential campaign, his supporters used social networks "a great deal."