Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Iran's Cyberpolice Arrest Four Facebook Page Administrators Over Beauty Competition

It looks like Iran's cyberpolice have nothing better to do than target young Iranians just trying to have a little fun on Facebook.  After inviting its 27,000 or so fans to take part in a 'hot' Iranian beauty competition, the cyberpolice tracked down the four administrators (two men and two women) of "Daaf and Paaf) and promptly arrested them.

The chief of the cyberpolice, Kamal Hadian, made the announcement on January 30 in a press conference in Tehran.

He said the force had “destroyed” the group, which he accused of spreading corruption and immorality.

The cyberpolice also posted a note on the group's Facebook wall in which it said that the two women and two men who administered the page have confessed to their crimes.

“In the name of God, we inform you that the page 'Daaf and Paaf' is now under the control of [the cyberpolice]," the note said. "The four main managers of this group have been identified and arrested on the charge of inciting and encouraging individuals to access vulgar content through the Internet."

Because beauty, of course, is vulgar.

I wasn't able to track down the Facebook page, but apparently FB users struck back:

“You...took away the right of the youth to be happy in the streets; they are all sitting at home spending their days and nights having online fun. Now you have an issue with this too?" wrote one user.
Others targeted Iran’s supreme leader with comments such as “Down with Khamenei! Down with the dictator!”

Many fear that those who posted their pictures on the Daaf and Paaf wall will be targeted next.

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