State Department Continues Twitter Expansion, Creates Farsi Feed

Continuing on its trend of engaging with the Middle East via social media, the US State Department has created a Farsi Twitter feed.

@USAdarFarsi is less than 24 hours old, but it already has over 2,000 followers. It’s five tweets have all included the hashtag #25Bahman or a variation, the Persian date equivalent to February 14th, and the day that thousands of young Iranians stormed Tehran in an effort to capitalize on the recent success of the Egyptian people in ousting their former dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

The State Department had created an Arabic Twitter account last week amidst the protests in Egypt. You can follow this account @USAbilAraby.

The new account, USAdarFarsi, is being called the “U.S. Regional Media Hub”, as opposed to the Arabic account’s descriptor “US Department of State Arabic Media Hub”.

CNN reports that the first tweet from this new account reads:

“US State Dept recognizes historic role of social media among Iranians. We want to join in your conversations.”

And its second tweet directly addresses the Iranian government’s public praising of Egypt’s uprising yet stifling of this type of sentiment within its own country:

“Iran has shown that the activities it praised Egyptians for it sees as illegal, illegitimate for its own people.”