New York Times: Iranian Disinformation Effort Went Small to Stay Under Big Tech’s Radar

New York Times: Iranian Disinformation Effort Went Small to Stay Under Big Tech’s Radar. “The first-of-its-kind discovery of the Iranian campaign by FakeReporter, an Israeli disinformation watchdog group, offers insight into how countries have miniaturized their disinformation campaigns in an effort to stay under the radar of tech companies that have become more aggressive in rooting them out.”

NBC News: Russia, Iran were top two sources of disinfo on Facebook targeting U.S. during Trump admin, says report

NBC News: Russia, Iran were top two sources of disinfo on Facebook targeting U.S. during Trump admin, says report. “Russia and Iran were the leading purveyors of disinformation on Facebook over the past four years, and the American public was the top target, according to a new report by Facebook summing up the social media network’s efforts to purge itself of propaganda.”

Atlantic Council: Social media helps and hurts Iranian elections. Here’s how.

Atlantic Council: Social media helps and hurts Iranian elections. Here’s how.. “The internet has always been one of the most challenging issues for the Iranian government, especially during elections. Over the past three years alone, Iran has tried to meet this challenge on numerous occasions by shutting down the internet during nationwide protests or blocking popular apps and websites. According to the 2020 Internet freedom index, Iran ranks at the bottom at fifteenth or, to put it in another way, “not free”. In this piece, I will try to examine the pros and cons of social media during every Iranian election since 2009 and speculate about the potential of a new app ahead of the June vote.”

Columbia University: Yarshater Center Launches New Encyclopaedia Iranica Online Website

Columbia University: Yarshater Center Launches New Encyclopaedia Iranica Online Website. “The Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University is pleased to announce that the Encyclopaedia Iranica Online is now freely accessible… This new website, hosted by Brill, a leading academic publisher, is the only digital platform authorized by Columbia University for the Encyclopaedia Iranica content produced and curated by the Yarshater Center.”

BBC: The Instagrammers who worry Iran

BBC: The Instagrammers who worry Iran. “As the only major social media network not blocked by the government, Instagram is a popular platform for young Iranians to express themselves. This has created a dilemma for the government, which experts say is loath to block the tool for fear of provoking unrest, hampering business owners who rely on it for advertising, and severing a useful means of communication with its citizens. Instead, the government has attempted to act as a moderator.”

Justice for Iran: Profiles of hundreds individual and tens institutional Iranian perpetrators released

Justice for Iran: Profiles of hundreds individual and tens institutional Iranian perpetrators released. “The database demonstrates profiles of only a part of hundreds of perpetrators of grave violations of human rights who have so far been identified by Justice for Iran. It consists of more than 220 individuals and a multitude of institutions that have been involved in more than 430 incidents of grave human rights violations. The current time frame spans across the past four decades, following the inception of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Amongst other rights, violations include 156 incidents of violations of the Right to Life against individuals or large groups of prisoners, 106 incidents of violations of the Right to Freedom of Assembly, and 62 incidents of violation of the Prohibition of Torture.”

The Guardian: Iranian teenager who posted distorted pictures of herself is jailed for 10 years

The Guardian: Iranian teenager who posted distorted pictures of herself is jailed for 10 years. “Sahar Tabar, 19, whose real name is Fatemeh Khishvand, came to prominence after posting images of herself with a gaunt, zombie-like face. At one point she had 486,000 followers on Instagram. She was charged with corruption of young people and disrespect for the Islamic Republic. In spring she pleaded for release from detention, saying she had contracted Covid-19.”

Associated Press: In Iran, a massive cemetery struggles to keep up with virus

Associated Press: In Iran, a massive cemetery struggles to keep up with virus. “For over half a century, a massive graveyard on the edge of Iran’s capital has provided a final resting place for this country’s war dead, its celebrities and artists, its thinkers and leaders and all those in between. But Behesht-e-Zahra is now struggling to keep up with the coronavirus pandemic ravaging Iran, with double the usual number of bodies arriving each day and grave diggers excavating thousands of new plots.”

Twitter Blog: Disclosing networks to our state-linked information operations archive

Twitter Blog: Disclosing networks to our state-linked information operations archive. “Today we are disclosing five distinct networks of accounts to our archive of state-linked information operations. The accounts that we have published in our archive today – the only archive of its kind in the industry – include independent information operations that we have attributed to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Thailand and Russia.”