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Twitter founder Dorsey and Iran President Rouhani exchange tweets

October 1st, 2013
06:20 PM ET

The founder and chairman of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, exchanged tweets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday.

Dorsey started the exchange:

Just over five hours later, the Twitter account representing Rouhani's office replied, and referenced his interview last week with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

Dorsey retweeted Rouhani's reply, thanked him, and asked him to "Please let us know how we can help to make it a reality."

In the exchange to which Rouhani referred, 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," he told her, "are geared to ensure that the people of Iran will comfortably be able to access all information globally and to use it."

President Rouhani said that he was going to put all his efforts, in the "next few months" towards delivering on his campaign promises, of which opening up the country to information was one.

"There are large social networks at a global level around today," he said, "and I believe that all human beings have a right, and all nations have a right, to use them."

He told Amanpour that during his presidential campaign, his supporters used social networks "a great deal."

"Today those supporters - and even those who criticize me - are still on the same social networks, and use them," President Rouhani said. "And I always welcome their views on these networks as well as those who criticize me, because the government does need to be open to criticism."

Click above to see Amanpour's exchange with President Rouhani about Twitter.

UPDATE: The post has been updated to include Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's reply to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iran
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  1. DFSD234234

















    October 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Reply
    • Giggidygee

      Dude, are you ok ?

      October 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Reply
      • DMR

        Lol. "Testicul irradiation from satellite". Does he sound like he is ok?

        October 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
      • The Pope

        No , he is not , call a Bambulance

        October 1, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
      • TheBob

        Bath salts. Just say no.

        October 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
      • Joecan

        Dude are you ok? ...haha That made me lol thx.

        October 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • idecomp

      Dropped off the med's huh?

      October 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Reply
      • Jonny_Sack

        This looks very similar to the facebook posts of a schizophrenic friend of mine during a breakdown he had because he went off his meds. Honestly, you're spot on. Or it's a troll...

        October 2, 2013 at 12:02 am |
    • Ron in Tampa

      At least this guy will outlive all of us. He is, after all, "inmortal".

      October 1, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Reply
    • american

      walk to the nearest bridge and jump. you will fly. trust me on this.

      October 2, 2013 at 12:46 am | Reply
  2. Giggidygee

    Gee, what a sweet man. Lol. Ever see the movie When Mars Attacks?

    October 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Reply
    • Cricket666

      "Ever see the movie When Mars Attacks?" No, I haven't. What's a movie have to do with this?

      October 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Reply
      • Shar

        I have one word to describe the movie, deception!

        October 1, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
    • TheBob

      There has never been a movie named "When Mars Attacks". FAIL.

      October 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Reply
      • david saint

        lol i think hes referring to Mars Attacks.

        October 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm |
  3. Chris Brown

    The power of the internet, this is interesting.

    October 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  4. Shar

    So the answer is a big "NO". Social media including Twitter are still blocked in Iran, pathetic!

    October 1, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  5. Jeffro B Kirkus

    Obama has handled Syria perfectly, we threatened, no war, and a draft U.N. resolution. Now Obama is close to peace with Iran. He ended Iraq and is winding down Afghanistan. Obama is the best foreign policy president in the US in many, many years. Too bad he cannot run for a third term, he would win on foreign policy alone.

    October 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Reply
    • ترسا

      Totally agree.

      October 1, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Reply
    • Major Tom

      I concur.

      October 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Reply
    • Joshua Farmer

      WHILE allowing drugs that impair driving ability to be legalized and destroying the poors' ability to save/have spending money. Obama didn't end the wars, the American people cried for their end and Congress voted.

      October 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Reply
      • muir

        You really need a few good bong rips Josh.

        October 1, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
    • edd

      Sir,Are you mentally retarded?? please take your meds before commenting

      October 2, 2013 at 5:11 am | Reply
    • notowar

      he didn't solve iran.. new leadership is in place, unless he got rid of the other guy, Obama gets 0 credit for this..

      October 2, 2013 at 10:12 am | Reply
  6. Dean

    Taarof...look it up. Yes, it's a real word. It's Persian. Google it. T-A-A-R-O-F. There's a reason that the Iranians are being so nice to us these days. And it's not the reason you think.

    October 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Reply
    • JB

      This is what some here in the U.S. would refer to as Southern hospitality...When you hear a southerner say, you would have to be from the south to understand, this is essentially what they mean...We are taught to be gracious and kind, open and welcoming, even when we are not sincere....

      October 1, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Reply
    • TheBob

      You have an completely distorted and incorrect understanding of the word "taarof". Learn what it actually means. Don't spread propaganda.

      October 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Reply
    • Karangi

      Sorry dude, you completely got it wrong. Are you interested in the correct translation? then go see this video on youtube, made by some native Iranian about this word:

      October 2, 2013 at 2:13 am | Reply
  7. Johann Silencio

    October 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  8. DrDemento

    Now since Iran is beng so nice.. they can kindly release all the US prisoners, and stop giving missiles to Hammas. Then.. we can talk

    October 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  9. reality

    listening to anything men in dresses have to offer will only drop you to the same 1000AD level, stop the stupidity

    October 1, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  10. Ali

    I'm on Facebook and Twitter now in Iran. They're very easy to access

    October 1, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Reply
    • Matt Norris

      What part of Iran? Tehran? Elsewhere? Assuming the uprisings of a few years back were legitimate, then somebody in Iran must have internet, because the video of the protests went to the internet. Still, I don't understand why something called into question about the legitimacy of Twitter feeds and at the level of media-covered international relations as important as those with Iran wouldn't be confirmed/denied as a legitimate account.

      That is especially the case when, in actuality, U.S. internet privacy law states that even our government can't access Rouhani's posting information to confirm that it is legit. He rightfully should expect that, unless a court decides there is a reason to request details from Twitter. Morally speaking, "we want to know if his posts are real" is only a legitimate question at the upper levels of the government, in relation to investigating their legitimacy.

      However, U.S. citizens reading this news report may wish to consider that CNN would have a moral obligation to call into question Twitter activity that is so finely tuned to be read in text that was coined by public users in the late 90's, at the latest.

      October 1, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Reply
    • Shar

      Really!!! If that's the case, what's this about–For the last four years, Iranians have been only able to access censored sites through VPN technology or other means of redirecting servers outside of the country. Iran's government filters these sites due to the social media activism of the "Green Movement," which protested against the alleged rigged election in June 2009. Currently, the Rouhani administration may have special access to social media sites or also be using VPN. It remains unknown.

      But lately, social media use in Iran has gained a great deal of media attention. Earlier this month, it appeared that President Rouhani tweeted out Rosh Hashanah wishes — but The Wall Street Journal later reported that Iran's government called the tweets a hoax.

      Last week, Iran briefly unblocked Twitter and Facebook in what was later deemed "a technical glitch" (the networks were re-blocked one day later).

      October 2, 2013 at 2:41 am | Reply
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    jeffro kirkus wow is all i can say about your post, if thats what you honestly believe. wow...smh

    October 1, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  12. 5haahin

    After Iran's disputed presidential election in 2009, We, Iranian users of Twitter, used it to notice others on when and where the street gatherings will be or how security forces used violence arrests. We were the first to integrate the use of Twitter for political purposes, and the term "Twitter Revolution" was started from then.

    October 2, 2013 at 3:55 am | Reply
  13. ashok

    The West needs to engage constructively with Iran. The narrative has become far more hopeful than seemed possible even a few months ago. One wonders if a small part of the credit is not due to Ms. Amanpour !

    October 2, 2013 at 4:30 am | Reply
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    On the front page of CNN it say's
    "Iran's leader and twitter boss tweets"
    This is not Iran's leader Ms. Amanpour, its another mullah his name is Khamenei.In case you didn't know!

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