Tweeting Iran: Elex News In 140 Characters Or Less

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CAIRO (AP) - Tech-savvy Iranians have turned to Twitter to spread the word and pictures on post-election protests amid a government crackdown on traditional media.

Twitter's use for organizing and sending real time pictures and messages to the outside world is a powerful example of high-tech ways to avoid flat-footed attempts at censorship.

One man said when he's not connected to Twitter he's out of the know because state TV doesn't report all the news.

In Iran, Internet usage is mostly still a phenomenon of the affluent, the youth and city-dwellers.

Supporters of reformist challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi are more likely to use Twitter and Facebook. Poorer, less-educated voters have flocked to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


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