Live On Instagram At 3 A.M.: Iranian Presidential Candidates

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, who is seeking a second term, was broadcasting a live video on Instagram.
I have been back to Iran a handful of times; still, my clearest window into Iranian society has been through my cousins’ Instagram accounts.
It’s impossible to get Instagram videos once they are no longer live, so this was my one chance to catch Mr. Rouhani’s speech.
And young people there are like young people here: They live on social media, and both candidates’ meant to meet them there.
For the first time, candidates were using unblocked social media platforms to get around state media restrictions.

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