Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Ali Bahadori Jahromi, the administration’s spokesman, defended a decision by authorities to ban Instagram amid a wave of riots and unrest gripping the country, which officials say are being directed and fueled by foreign parties.
He criticized Instagram for applying a dual-standard policy to the notion of “violence” in posts related to Iran.
As a case in point, he said, the social networking services moves to delete posts or shut down pages containing photos of Iran’s top anti-terror commander Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani under the pretext that the posts “encourage violence,” while the commander is widely regarded as a “symbol of fighting violence.”
As another case in point, the official added, Instagram chose not to remove posts showing thugs cutting the throat of a member of Iranian security personnel during the deadly riots in Iran.
“It is certain that the administration supports any [foreign-based] platform that respects international rules, its own rules, and those of the country,” but Instagram does not do so, he said.