The founder and chairman of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, exchanged tweets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday.
Dorsey started the exchange:
Jack Dorsey @jack
@HassanRouhani Good evening, President. Are citizens of Iran able to read your tweets?
Just over five hours later, the Twitter account representing Rouhani's office replied and referenced his interview last week with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
Hassan Rouhani @HassanRouhani
Evening, @Jack. As I told @camanpour, my efforts geared 2 ensure my ppl'll comfortably b able 2 access all info globally as is their #right.
Dorsey retweeted Rouhani's reply.
In the exchange to which Rouhani referred, Amanpour asked Rouhani about his own prolific tweeting, and whether he would open up social networks for Iranians to access more freely.
"All my efforts," he told her, "are geared to ensure that the people of Iran will comfortably be able to access all information globally and to use it."
Rouhani said that he was going to put all his efforts, in the "next few months" toward delivering on his campaign promises, one of which was opening up the country to information.
"There are large social networks at a global level around today," he said, "and I believe that all human beings have a right, and all nations have a right, to use them."
He told Amanpour that during his presidential campaign, his supporters used social networks "a great deal."
"Today those supporters -- and even those who criticize me -- are still on the same social networks, and use them," Rouhani said. "And I always welcome their views on these networks as well as those who criticize me, because the government does need to be open to criticism."
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