During the tenth presidential election in Iran that took place in 2009, the Government decided to ban Twitter to prevent organised public protests. Ever since, the micro-blogging site has remained blocked, barring a brief period in 2013 when a technical glitch caused it to be unblocked. However, a large number of people in Iran continue to use Twitter by accessing it through VPN. Funnily enough, a number of Iranian politicians use Twitter as well. The latest one to join the bandwagon is Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh.
Zanganeh's first tweet said he was there for "more dynamic and effective relationship with domestic and foreign audience." From 2009 to 2019, the popularity of all social networking sites has witnessed massive growth. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has a couple of Twitter accounts including two in English and Spanish. Iranian President Hassan Rohani runs two accounts in Farsi and English. The English one is meant for global communications. Former reformist President Mohammad Khatami is a Twitter user as well.
With Twitter becoming increasingly popular among its citizens, authorities of Iran have been debating lifting the ban on Twitter, especially given that some of the country's top officials themselves are active users of the platform. Till then, every Minister joining Twitter will probably make the news!