By INU Staff
INU - The popularity of the MEK channels on Telegram and Instagram sign of how far reaching their influence is among Iranians and particularly the youth.
Now the Iranian regime and its officials admit to the MEK's power within Iran, and have publicly acknowledged and even warned against the MEK’s influence in the popular uprising that continues in Iran.
In recent months, statements about the MEK’s role in the ongoing protests have been issued by regime officials, and state-run media describes the MEK’s tactics for organizing protests, strikes, and demonstrations.
Recently, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, the Communications Minister, remarked about the MEK using social media to organize activities and share news about the Iranian Resistance movement, and the regime’s inability to prevent them from doing so.
In fact, in reports on the MEK, where the state-run Tehran Press news agency referred to the organization as “the enemy”, it pointed out the regime’s failure to prevent the MEK from using the Internet to operate, and said that the MEK has “inflicted severe blows” to the Iranian regime through social media.
It cited a social media researcher, who called the Telegram messaging app and Instagram “critical threats to Iran”.
Telegram is used by more than 40 million Iranians. The MEK and the Iranian opposition also use it to spread news and organize protests quickly. The regime banned Telegram earlier this year, but Resistance supporters continue to use the app.
Tehran News agency cited a social media researcher, “It should be noted that on the Internet, especially Telegram, the enemy and especially the [MEK], have gained complete control…
The terminology of regime change is gaining complete control in social media networks today. If not 100%, a very significant percentage of the context is influenced by regime change terminology used specifically by the PMOI/MEK… These days we see many children of highly devoted individuals linked to the state are completely engulfed in social media platforms completely influenced by the [MEK].”
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei spoke to the way that social media is shaping the youth of Iran, referring to the medium as a “killing ground” for the country’s younger generation, revealing his fear of the MEK’S growing popularity. The massive propaganda operation utilized by the regime has failed to succeed against the resistance group.
Through the grassroots effort on social media, the Iranian people have gained access to information about the democratic alternative to the regime offered by the MEK.
They can now see a future free from repression, poverty, and corruption.