Facebook Launches In Persian Earlier Than Expected

Tonight Facebook will be posting on their blog that they’ve launched the Persian translation of the site to help those in Iran communicate more effectively. What’s not as clear is if Iran has unblocked access to Facebook which had been difficult to access from within the country according to numerous sources. This evening Facebook stated that, “because of the sudden increase in activity we decided to launch it sooner than planned.”

With all the buzz surrounding Twitter and Iran and with increasing buzz on Facebook as well about Iran, the company found it important to launch support earlier. Facebook continued in their blog post that “the translation isn’t perfect, but we felt it was important to help more people communicate rather than wait.” I’ve been covering how social media platforms have been empowering individuals, including in Iran over the past week and Facebook has been one of the leading sites for conversation.