Iran just accused selfie-queen Kim Kardashian of being a top-secret spy; apparently sent in by Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom to chip away at Iranian culture one narcissistic Instagram post at a time.
Systrom is attempting to make “fashion modeling native to Iran” by using super-secret spy Kim Kardashian to implement the task, alleges Mostafa Alizadeh, spokesman for the Organized Cyberspace Crimes Unit in Iran. “Ms. Kim Kardashian is a popular fashion model so Instagram’s CEO tells her, ‘make this native,’” said Alizadeh. “There is no doubt that financial support is involved as well. We are taking this very seriously.”
Alizadeh explained that “foreign powers” are to blame for the influx of modeling Instagram pages from Iranians. “They are targeting young people and women,” he said. “Foreigners are behind it because it is targeting families. These schemes originate from around the Persian Gulf and England. When you draw the operational graph, you will see that it is a foreign operation.”
Disturbingly, Iran has been cracking down on social media accounts of young girls who post model-like images of themselves, salons and photography workshops. Accounts have been blocked and women have been reportedly jailed.
Iran Wire reports:
In January, there were unconfirmed reports that several models had been arrested. The website Bulletin News, which is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, later confirmed the news and cited the content of the models’ Instagram pages as the reason for their arrest.
In March, Iran’s online authorities shut down the Instagram pages of several well-known models, as well as those of hair salons and photography workshops.
“In the past two years, a lot of good things have been done in the fight against hair salons and fashion workshops related to modeling.”
Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi.
When accounts are blocked, “a large blue frame with the caption ‘These pages are blocked by the authority of Operation Spider 2 to open security cases by order of the judiciary,’” is made visible to visitors. Without much more detail, the blockings allegedly ordered by the “judiciary” became known as “the spider attacks,” notes Iran Wire.
“In the past two years, a lot of good things have been done in the fight against hair salons and fashion workshops related to modeling,” said Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi. “In operations Spider 1 and Spider 2, around 50 hair salons, 50 fashion workshops, and 50 photography workshops were prosecuted. Individuals were arrested and pages were shut down by the supervisor of the Prosecution Office for Media Crimes.”