Twitter is indeed one of the most popular social networks in Iran, despite being blocked in the country. Let’s take a look at this social network’s usage statistics in Iran.
Although Telegram is the main platform to find out about breaking news and incidents amongst Iranians, Twitter still has its owns audience in Iran. Despite Twitter’s restrictions in the country, its fanbase are most of the times way ahead of Telegram channels when it comes to news distribution. It’s interesting to know that Twitter used to be in the top 5 most popular websites in Iran according to Alexa rankings before being blocked.
Many Iranian officials are active on Twitter and some even have a verified account. Ever since President Rouhani came to office, he has shown his support for social media platforms, including Twitter. A few months ago there were some talks about the lifting of Twitter’s ban in Iran which is in the hands of the Committee for Determining Instances of Criminal Content. But a few days ago, Head of Iran’s Cyber Police announced that Twitter won’t be unblocked since it’s one of the platforms which is being used by terrorist groups around the world.
Recently Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Deputy Minister of Communications and Technology stated that Jurisdictions and Authorities have accepted the Ministry’s proposal to unblock YouTube and Blogger in the Iranian universities. Could this also become the case for Twitter and lead to national unblocking of this service?
For the first time, TechRasa and NazarBazaar have conducted a questionnaire to find out about the state of Internet and social media usage in Iran. NazarBazaar which is an Iranian market research platform helps businesses define surveys and sets incentives for consumers to answer them. 3,707 Iranians from the age of 18 to 65 have answered our questionnaire; of which 2,829 were men and 878 were women. Note that these statistics were gathered by the users of Twitter in Iran.
In our demographic for this survey, around 24% said they use Twitter on a daily basis. Also, less than 50% in our demographic said that they open Twitter less than 5 times during the day. Most of the people who answered this questionnaire said that each of their sessions takes 6 to 20 minutes and they usually use this platform from 7 pm to 10 pm.
Check out the infographic below to see Twitter’s usage statistics in Iran and find out:
• How often Iranians use Twitter
• How often Iranians check Twitter during the day
• How long the average session is for Iranians on Twitter
• During which hours Iranians check Twitter
• Main reasons why Iranians use Twitter
• How much Iranians trust Twitter as a source of news
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