How to use Facebook! Basic terminology that starts from scratch

It is no longer a matter for a company to use Facebook. However, for those who do not have the habit of using SNS, there are many things they do not understand.

First of all, for those who are beginners to understand Facebook, I want to know first, like! · We will explain the basic terms such as share and timeline in an easy to understand manner with images.

Table of contents

  1. About Facebook
  2. Terminology related to Facebook
  3. Summary

1. About Facebook

Facebook is one of the world’s most popular social networking services (SNS). Facebook that played a big role in becoming a social network that SNS has deeply penetrated into people’s everyday life. As of 2017, it is a huge platform with 2 billion monthly active users.

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A big feature of Facebook was that registration based on the real name was based, unlike other SNS where handle name was commonly used. The connection of individuals based on such actual situation has expanded, and the use of companies is becoming commonplace now.

2. Terminology related to Facebook

What is a personal page?

This is a personal account page used by Facebook general users. Real name registration is necessary, and friends can only make up to 5000 people. Your posts will be posted in the timeline of your personal page.


The timeline is the place where articles, pictures, self-introductions, friends, etc. that I posted so far have collected. Click the username in the top navigation bar to display the timeline.

When looking for people you know on Facebook, we will use this time line’s information to determine if you are really looking for a person.


You can find friends you know on Facebook and have friends on Facebook. Friends’ posts are displayed in news feeds, and messages can be exchanged.

  • News Feed (Home screen)

This page is displayed when you log in to Facebook. In the news feed, you will see posts from Facebook pages that have become friends or fans. In addition to the news feed, it is sometimes called home screen.

  • Friend Request / Approval

In a friend request, you can approve the user who sent you a request to himself, or you can send a request from yourself by clicking “Become friends” from the saturation function that you might know. Since there is also a function that allows you to search for friends, you can also apply for a request by looking for friends other than those you might know.

What is Facebook Page

Unlike a personal page, you can register with a company name or product name other than your real name. On a Facebook page, it’s good for your page instead of a friend request! You can become a fan. Posts on pages that became fans will be shown in your news feed.

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About page fans

  • Fans (= those who pushed the page to the page)

It is good for the Facebook page! The person who did it is called “fan”. On the page that is a fan, the display on the upper left part of the Facebook page is displayed as “Like” like images.

  • Number of fans

It is good for the Facebook page! It refers to the number of users doing.

About initial setting of page

  • cover picture

It is a big picture at the top of Facebook page and timeline. It is also an image that determines the impression of the first view of the Facebook page.

  • Profile photo

It is a picture showing the owner of the account. It appears on posting and next to comments.

About button operation

  • I like it! button

Like on Facebook! There are two kinds.  It is good for posting! It is a function to convey the response to posted content. On the other hand, this is good for the Facebook page! If you press this button you will become a fan of that page. How nice! Press, to XY friends’ news feed, good for ○○! There are times when posts are displayed in the form that I did.

  • Comment

You can comment on posts on the timeline using letters/ images/icons. For Facebook pages, you can use this function to deepen interaction with fans.

  • Share

It is a button that you can share (share) posts. When you share a post, the corresponding post is displayed on your timeline and it is made public to friends. However, the scope of the disclosure and the place to share can be changed. Share is said to have the most diffuse effect among actions on Facebook.

About posting operation

  • Tagging

This is a function to add friends on Facebook to posts. Clicking on “Post Friend” to “Tag Friend” opens a dialog and you can tag with Facebook by connecting the name of a connected friend.

While inputting, the appropriate friends are displayed in the projection, so you can choose from among them. It is common to tag people who are shown in the posted photos or people introduced in sentences in the post. When you tag a friend, you will see the tagged post on that friend’s timeline as well (you can also set whether to display tagged posts on the timeline or approval system).

About Insight


It is a numerical value to know how many users have reached the contents sent from the Facebook page. There are the following types of reach

  • Organic Reach

Number of unique users who saw the content on the Facebook page, news feed, real-time feed

  • Reviews Reach

Number of unique users who saw content my friend’s action

  • Paid Reach

Number of unique users who saw Facebook advertisements or sponsored articles related to page content

Engagement rate

The engagement rate on Facebook is also almost identical in meaning, and it is used especially to indicate “the degree of closeness of fans to posts”.

Currently, Facebook has two ways to capture the engagement rate

  • New engagement rate

It is an indicator which can be confirmed on Facebook at the moment, “It is that the post has reached, and” likes “, comments, shares, or clicks on posts.

(Good for posting! · Comment · Number of people who shared or clicked) ÷ reach reach

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  • Old Engagement Rate

This is an indicator that was recognized before the introduction of the new engagement rate, and it shows “How much response was obtained to the number of fans of the whole page”.

(Come on the post! + Comment + share) ÷ number of fans on the page


It is the number of times a post is displayed to the user. The difference with the reach number is that the reach number refers to the “number of people” who saw posts and advertisements, whereas the number of impressions refers to “times” when viewing posts and advertisements.

Action rate

It is an index obtained by adding “click number” to the numerator of the old engagement rate. Unlike the new engagement rate, it is an index that keeps the denominator constant.

(Comment on + Post + Comment + Share + Clicks) ÷ Number of fans on the page

3. Summary

We introduced terms that should be kept to the minimum in order to use Facebook. Please also look at other glossaries of SNS.

[For beginners] I know how to use Twitter! Basic terminology that starts from scratch

Twitter is a popular SNS that is popular among young people in Japan. There are many cases that companies use for marketing. This time I would like to keep it as a marketer, I summarized basic knowledge of Twitter and basic terms.

Table of contents

  • About Twitter
  • Twitter-related glossary
  • Summary

What is Twitter

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Today, about 45 million people are using it in Japan. In terms of the number of users in the world as a whole, it is over 300 million people, and it is one of the SNSs with many users.

The main function is a simple thing of posting up to 140 characters of text (= tweet) at a time. However, it is more diffusive than Facebook and Instagram because it has the characteristic that the tweet originated by “Retweet” function is diffused one after another to other users.

Also, unlike SNS connected by approval of accounts, it is characterized in that it often follows one’s way (such as favorite registration) users who do whatever they prefer. Because it connects with hobbies and interests, it is one of the attractions that makes it easy to interact with people you do not know at all.

Twitter-related glossary

Here I will introduce the terms frequently used on Twitter with a brief explanation.

  • Tweet

“Tweet” is to post texts, images, videos, etc. on Twitter. You can enter text in the long input field on the top screen. You can post up to 140 letters in one post, and the number of tweets is displayed on the right side of the home screen. Sometimes it is called “tweets”

  • Timeline / TL

When you open Twitter, the screen that appears first will be called “Timeline”. Tweets of others and tweets of others are displayed in chronological order. Following your favorite account will make it appear preferentially like images.

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  • Follow

When you find a user who tweets your interests and preferences, click “Follow” like an image. By doing so, the tweets you followed will be displayed in the TL in the center of the screen. Following a follow-up similar to a regular subscriber in a newspaper or magazine, you can see that the followers have increased to the other party.

Following is basically done unilaterally, there is no need to approve or accept. Approval is required only when following a keyed (unpublished) account.

  • Followers

It refers to those who regularly read their tweets = followers.

  • Supplement: follow-back

Follow and return the person who followed you. It is called “Follower” for short.

About the basic operation of each tweet

  • Reply (Reply) / tweet

It is a function to reply to tweets. Sometimes it is called “rip” for short.

  • good

It is a function that you can feel empathy with ease to the content you posted. You can also view the tweets you’ve liked ‘at a later time, so you can use it as a favorite list. Just pressing the heart mark makes “Good” complete.

  • Retweet / RT

It is a function that you can feed the favorite tweets to your timeline. Use it when you want to share it with a friend (follower). Just click on the retweet mark. Tweets will spread more and more by being retweeted by many users. This is the function symbolizing Twitter’s “high spreading power”.

  • Quoted retweet

It is a function to tweet with comments to other people’s tweets. In the same dialogue as retweet, in the case of quotation retweet, add your own comment and retweet.

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About other functions

  • Direct message / DM

It is a one-on-one message function. When you click “Message” at the top of the Twitter screen, the direct message screen will be launched. Basically, in order to transmit “DM” it can not be sent unless it is followed by recipients, but if you set it to “Receive from all users” in the privacy setting, even if you do not follow it, A message will be available.

  • Moment function

If you set the moment function to arbitrary Tweet you will be able to browse it at the top of the timeline. You can set moment on your own tweet or tweet by other users. You can also make your own original moment with “Create Moment” on the right side of the screen and tweet it. It is often used for promoting companies and products.

Hitting confidence in Facebook will not affect your advertising revenue

The news and the false profiles have undermined the confidence of users in this social network. However, the advertising revenues of Mark Zuckerberg’s company will not be affected by these reputational problems, according to an eMarketer analysis. eMarketer cites a survey by The Verge and Reticle Research to explain the impact that the constant problems of public perception have had on the brand. According to the survey applied to US Internet users, the level of trust in Facebook is lower than that of banks and some other competitors in the technology industry such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

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The survey concluded that the only company Facebook could overcome in terms of trust was Twitter, another of the social networks affected by the spread of false and irrelevant content. When analyzing the degree of popularity of the social network among Internet consumers, the survey once again left Facebook in a bad position compared to its competitors. According to eMarketer, Facebook has been the object of harsh criticism for allowing also the massification of “offensive content and facilitate the purchase of discriminatory advertisements”.

The Verge and Reticle Research, for example, determined that only for 25.2% of the respondents the News Feed on that social network seemed more interesting compared to a year ago. While for 14.8% they found the content of their News Feed less interesting or relevant, and 29.9% did not even have clarity about it. Given the discussion regarding the relevance of social networks, today several analysts and founders of these companies even wonder if these communication channels have lost their way. In the case of Facebook, an evident transformation has been noticed since its first known version in 2005, which managed to unseat the popular Myspace from the first place in the audience.

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of that social network, said recently that he would reverse many of these changes by prioritizing the contents of friends and family as in the beginning. However, just by announcing these plans, the entrepreneur felt the effects in the market since he would have lost the US $ 2,900 million at the close of the day of this Friday, January 12. Already at 1 in the afternoon in New York (USA), there was a fall of 3.6% in the value of the shares of the giant social networks. Due to this situation, Mark Zuckerberg lost the US $ 74,400 million of his fortune calculated in Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

The challenge of Facebook is large scale and everything points to his Achilles heel are fake content.

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Quoted by eMarketer, Society for New Communications Research of the Conference Board (SNCR) concluded in a survey that 73% of users want social networks to lead the fight against this type of content. eMarketer concludes that despite these challenges Mark Zuckerberg’s social network will continue to be a leader in social media advertising. In fact, it estimates that it will obtain the US $ 21.57 billion in advertising revenue only in the United States during 2018, while newspaper advertising will reach only US $ 10.7 billion.

This level of spending would be equivalent to 83% of the total resources allocated to advertising on social networks in that country, according to calculations by eMarketer. To get an idea about the power of Facebook, eMarketer states that this same year Snapchat will raise the US $ 1,180 million in advertising revenues in the United States and Twitter US $ 1,160 Twitter. The marketing firm based in New York (USA) concludes that the social network Facebook faces even more challenging challenges in 2018. “Regulators have indicated that it is likely that the company will face stricter scrutiny on issues such as user privacy and tax declaration policies, ” says eMarketer.

Zuckerberg admits that Facebook made “mistakes”

“We have a responsibility to protect your data and if we can not, then we do not deserve to serve them,” said the founder and president of Facebook.

Facebook founder and president Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday referred to the scandal of massive data leakage that surrounds his company several days ago and on which he had kept silent.

“We have the responsibility to protect your data and if we can not, then we do not deserve to take care of them. I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this does not happen again. The good news is that the most important measures to prevent this from happening again were taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there is more to be done, we have to intensify and do it, “Zuckerberg said in a statement published in his state on the social network.

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The company’s shares fell about 7% on Monday after a series of journalistic investigations were published saying that the Cambridge Analytica consulting firm had undue access to the information of 50 million Facebook users in the United States… The collapse followed on Tuesday, with a fall of 2.56%, bringing its losses close to the US $ 60,000 million.

The data would have used them for commercial purposes and to influence political contests, in particular, in the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States in 2016.

In his statement, Zuckerberg recalled how the social network was born, with the vision that “more applications are social.”

In turn, he explained how a personality test application was created by Aleksandr Kogan, a researcher at the University of Cambridge. That function was installed by about 300,000 people, who shared their data and “some of their friends’ data”. He also assured that due to the way the social network worked at that time, Kogan could have access to millions of data.

He also explained that in 2014, in order to avoid abusive applications, the platform had changes to limit in a “drastic” way the data to which the applications could access.

“The most important thing is that applications like Kogan could no longer ask for information about a person’s friends unless their friends had also authorized the application. We also demanded that developers obtain our approval before they could request confidential data from people. These actions would prevent any application like Kogan from accessing so much data, “he said.

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Zuckerberg acknowledged that in 2015 he received warnings from journalists of the British newspaper The Guardian, that Kogan had shared their application data with Cambridge Analytica. According to him, at that time they banned Kogan’s application and demanded that they formally certify that they had erased the data they had improperly acquired.

However, according to the president of the social network, his company was surprised by the recent reports of The Guardian, The New York Times and Channel 4 television, in which it emerged that Cambridge Analytica would not have eliminated the data as it had certified.

He described this situation as “a lack of trust” between Kogan, Cambridge Analytica, and Facebook. But it was also a “lack of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us (…) we need to fix that.”

Finally, Zuckerberg declared himself “responsible” for everything that happens on Facebook and promised his users a better use of his personal data.

The Spanish risk premium drops to 76 points due to the rise in the German bond

The Spanish risk premium has started the session at 76 basis points, one less than yesterday, due mainly to the rebound in the interest of the German ten-year bond with which it is calculated, which stood at 0.581% against the 0,569% previous.

According to market data collected by Efe, interest on the 10-year domestic bond also rose, but more moderately, to 1.346% from the previous 1.341%.

On the agenda of the day, the Bank of Spain updates its macroeconomic projections, after which in December it will cut its growth forecasts for 2018 and 2019 by one-tenth, to 2.4% and 2.1%, as a consequence of the uncertainty in Catalonia.

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In addition, the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) publishes its index of investor confidence in Germany in March.

In the US, the central bank or Federal Reserve (Fed) starts its monetary policy meeting for two days, at the end of which it could announce a rate hike that the market has already foreseen.

In Buenos Aires, the Ministers of Economy and the presidents of the central banks of the G20 countries finish their first meeting of the year, focused on discussing the future of work and infrastructures for development.

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In the rest of the countries considered peripheral in the euro area, the Italian risk premium fell to 139 points at the beginning of the session, like that of Portugal, which yielded a whole and remained at 116.

It also improved at this time at one point the country risk of Greece, up to 361 whole.

Spanish default credit insurance (“credit default swaps”), an amount that must be paid to guarantee an investment of 10 million dollars, was cheaper up to 76,210 dollars, compared to the 155,100 dollars of the Italians.

BlackBerry sues Facebook for patent infringement

The Canadian company Blackberry filed a patent infringement lawsuit Tuesday in a federal court in California against Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp, which accuses it of using its messaging encryption and notification technology.

In a statement sent to Efe, the Canadian company said it had a “strong claim” against Facebook for infringing its “intellectual property,” adding that it seeks a legal and appropriate solution to “several years of dialogue” for the good of its shareholders.

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The BlackBerry seeks a court order to force the company founded by Mark Zuckerberg to close applications and sites, including Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, in addition to an unspecified amount of damages, according to Variety magazine.

According to the lawsuit, Blackberry claims that Facebook and its subsidiaries have created messaging applications that use seven of their patents in areas such as security, user interface and battery efficiency, although it has also been open to collaboration.

The brand founded in 1984, which dominated the mobile phone market a decade ago and now focuses on software and cybersecurity services, said in its note that it has “a lot of respect for Facebook and the value they put on the message capabilities, some of which were invented by the Blackberry. ”

“As a leader in cybersecurity and integrated software, Blackberry’s perspective is that Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp could be great partners on our way to a secure and connected future, and we keep keeping them open,” he said.

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For its part, Facebook responded to the news of the process through its Deputy Executive Director, Paul Grewal, who told the portal “Recode” that this legal action “sadly reflects the current state of the message business” of the Blackberry.

“Having abandoned its efforts to innovate, Blackberry now seeks to tax the innovation of others. We intend to enter the dispute,”

Signal, the secure communication app recommended by Snowden

The program of Ana Rosa de Telecinco has revealed a series of text messages sent between the express Carles Puigdemont and the ex-counselor Toni Comín through the instant messaging app Signal. What is this app about and how is it different from others better known as WhatsApp?

The initial launch of Signal took place in July 2014. The app focuses on offering users privacy and security in communications. To do this, the messages and calls made through this application are always encrypted from end to end, in order to avoid their interception. In this way, Signal prevents a person outside of a conversation from reading conversations using a sniffer program, used to capture network traffic.

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Also, Signal only collects three relevant data about its users, according to its Privacy Policy: the registration phone number, the IP address and the contacts stored in your mobile phone (necessary to establish communication). WhatsApp, on the other hand, automatically collects numerous data from its users, such as usage and registration information, device information, cookies, as well as the location if the user has authorized it, as informed by its Privacy Policy.

In addition to encryption, Signal tries to ensure the privacy of communications by controlling time: messages can be configured to disappear after a pre-established period of time, between five seconds and a week, in all devices involved in a conversion. WhatsApp not only does not allow this option but it automatically makes backup copies of the conversations.

Signal has been recommended by Edward Snowden, an ex-officer of the United States Intelligence Community who revealed a series of documents related to the existence of secret NSA surveillance programs.

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Signal does not protect from photographs

The signal is not totally invulnerable: Telecinco has obtained messages from Puigdemont and Comín thanks to a photograph made on Toni Comín’s smartphone screen. But could this vulnerability have been avoided? Yes.

In the first place, the conversations between Tomín and Puigdemont could have been deleted automatically if this option had been configured. Also, there are applications, such as PGP Everywhere in iOS or OpenKeychain in Android, that make conversations unintelligible in the eyes of an external observer thanks to a cryptographic method known as asymmetric cryptography.

Thai condemns murder of daughter on Facebook

A Thai spokesman on Facebook Live reported the murder of his 11-month-old daughter and later his suicide, Thai officials said on Tuesday, adding to pressure for the social network to contain such images.

A Facebook spokeswoman told Efe that the video was deleted from the social network despite the fact that it took the app’s developers around 24 hours and the images have been seen hundreds of thousands of times by people around the world.

“This is a horrible incident and our hearts are with the victim’s family, there is no place for acts like these on Facebook,” said a spokeswoman for the social network, which has more than 1 billion users.

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Phuket Police said Wuttisan Wongtalay, 20, filmed in two videos that posted on Facebook the death of his daughter, hanged in a hotel, and then do the same.

One of the videos shows how Wongtalay launches his daughter from the roof of a hotel in Phuket and then regains his body.

Relatives of the victims witnessed the transmission of the crime and warned the local police, who found the dead bodies of the father and the girl.

Thai authorities believe his father believed the girl’s mother had a lover.

The first video was seen 112 thousand times, while the second video had 258 thousand views.

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Thai law enforcement officials said they had warned Facebook to delete the videos, which were also posted on Youtube by other Internet users, from where they were deleted 15 minutes after users denounced the content as inappropriate.

This fact puts pressure on Facebook to impose measures to detect and erase as fast as possible violent content or crime after a man killed a pedestrian in Cleveland (Ohio) two weeks ago and posted the video on the famous social network.

Social networking becomes risk for activists in Southeast Asia

Social networks are a useful tool for communication, but have posed a risk to activists working in Southeast Asian countries.

Freedom on the internet has been reduced in recent years in countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar where these people are being chased by ideas they express on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

On Aug. 15, Thai university student and activist Jatupat Boonpattaraksa was sentenced to two years and six months in prison for sharing a profile of King Maha Vajiralongkorn made by British broadcaster BBC.

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The biography, which included controversial aspects of the monarch’s private life, was shared more than 2,600 times in the social network, but the young man is the only one who has been persecuted by the country’s courts.

Jatupat, who before the arrest led several protests against the military junta that has ruled Thailand since 2014, won the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights granted by South Korea in April, but was unable to receive him for pre-trial detention.

Already the activist known as Pai Dao Din was sentenced under the severe lese-majesty law, which provides for imprisonment of three to 15 years for those who criticize or make comments considered offensive to the royal family.

Thailand’s authorities also use internet and defamation law to launch criminal proceedings against activists, according to Sutharee Wannasiri of Fortify Rights.

“We advocate a change in the internet law, which includes prison sentences,” Wannasiri told a conference of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT).

According to the activist, the mere fact of “liking” some publications on social networks may already be reason to be questioned and denounced by the country’s police.

At the same conference, Pornthip Hongchai, a peasant and activist from Loei province in the north-east of the country, said that social networks, while helping to communicate with the public, also open the door to reprisals.

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She has been struggling for years against the operations of a gold mine that would be polluting the surroundings of the Wang Saphung district. However, Hongchai and his neighbors often feel helpless in the face of the power of corporations and authorities.

The Burmese Zaw Zaw Latt, who defends religious understanding in his country, denounced in the FCCT that Myanmar police do not investigate the death threats received by him from social networks by radical Buddhist groups.

“If a Muslim writes something like that on the internet, he is arrested quickly,” he said.

Latt has been campaigning for years for the rapprochement of Buddhists, Christians and Muslims in Myanmar. The country is currently experiencing a serious humanitarian crisis because of the persecution of members of the Rohingya minority, who fled en masse to neighboring Bangladesh.

According to the NGO Freedom House, in 2016, Vietnam, where the detention of bloggers critical of the government is habitual, obtained a score 76 (being 100 worse) in the world ranking of censorship in social networks.

In the rest of the region, Thailand received 66 points, Myanmar 61 and Cambodia 52. There is no data on Laos, ruled by a communist regime since 1975.

According to David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, there is an increase in the criminalization of criticism of governments in Southeast Asia and an abuse of laws against blasphemy in countries such as Indonesia.

Kaye said that over-regulation of the internet is detrimental to freedom of expression, which he considers essential to ensure development, health and basic rights.

Iran lives love and hate relationship with Twitter

While Iran’s population is banned from accessing Twitter, the country’s top leaders do not bother to set the example and live a near-love relationship with the social network.

To access Twitter in the Islamic Republic, it is necessary to use programs that circumvent the geographical restrictions, known as VPN, but despite the limitations, many Iranians have accounts in the social network, including President Hassan Rohani himself.

The dual situation creates a continuous debate between the reformist and conservative sectors of the Islamic Republic. Conservatives worry about the “western infiltration” of the country through social networks, which also has blocked Facebook and YouTube.

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This dispute, as well as the incongruity between the censorship and the use of the tool by the authorities, can be closed thanks to the efforts of the new communication minister, young Mohammad Javad Jahromi.

He recently announced negotiations with Twitter to “solve the problems” and unblock the social network in Iran, a decision that, however, depends on the Supreme Council for Cyberspace, which includes members of the country’s most conservative wing.

“Twitter is not an immoral environment that needs to be blocked,” said the minister, who claimed that the censorship adopted in 2009 occurred because it was considered that the social network had “interfered in internal affairs of the country.”

This year, social networks such as Twitter were used to a large extent to call for major protests by the Green Movement against a possible return to power of former ultraconservative president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013).

Despite his role in blocking Twitter, Ahmadinejad opened an account on the social network earlier this year. The @ Ahmadinejad1956 profile has more than 34,000 followers and in it the former president describes himself in a very American style as a husband, father, president and mayor.

In turn, Rohani maintains two profiles. One, addressed to the international public, where he writes messages in English, and another, to the national public, in which he is in Farsi.

Both accounts were opened in 2013 when Rohani was first elected president of Iran. Four years later, the moderate leader had 531,000 followers in the Farsi profile and 693,000 in the English account.

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Rohani expressed in several of his speeches his opposition to censorship on the internet, although at the moment it cannot win this battle of the conservative sectors.

After taking office for a second term in August, the president once again insisted that it was not necessary “to sacrifice freedom for security.”

Who also has a profile on Twitter is the head of Iranian diplomacy, Mohammad Javad Zarif. One of the last messages of the chancellor alerted the United States that the nuclear agreement signed between the country and the Group 5 + 1 – USA, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France, plus Germany – is not negotiable.

Even Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, has accounts on the social network, with hundreds of thousands of followers in different profiles posting messages in Farsi, English, Arabic, and French.

According to an Iranian activist with more than 8,000 followers on Twitter, who preferred to remain anonymous, it makes “no sense” to maintain censorship over the social network if leaders use it.

“Almost everyone has already accepted that social networks have a strong influence on the population and therefore can not be ignored,” said the young man in an interview with Agencia Efe.

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“Our authorities use them so much to communicate with the Iranians who chose this medium to relate to people from other countries,” the activist added.

Although the Iranian leaders cannot be indifferent to Twitter, he did not want to evaluate if the censorship will end.

“We have not been able to predict what will happen,” he said, noting that it was important for some sectors of the country to control any source that was susceptible to “immorality or subversion.”