The message from the world’s most censorial regimes is simple: Do as I say, not as I do.
Despite a ban on Twitter inside Iran, the country’s most prominent politicians have Twitter accounts that broadcast their message around the world with unparralleled strength and speed.
North Korea’s censorship regime dwarfs even China and Iran. Instead of banning individual sites, North Korea foregoes the Internet entirely and runs its own national intranet known as Kwangmyong (translated as “bright”), with over 1,000 websites and its own domestic social network.
Twitter is not available to North Koreans, but the government itself has an account from which is praises the “happiness of the Socialist system” among other maximally positive messages.
우리는 누가 뭐라든 우리 인민의 삶과 행복의 터전인 우리 식 사회주의제도를 고수하고 더욱 튼튼히 다져나갈것이다.-조선민주주의인민공화국 외무성 대변인담화-http://t.co/LX8gLSG5dG— uriminzokkiri (@uriminzok) September 24, 2015
For leaders like China’s Xi, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un of North Korea, Facebook and Twitter represent unique opportunities to talk unfiltered to the rest of the world, even as they rigorously filter the speech of their own citizens.
Image via Xi Jinping’s Facebook