Controlling the virtual world is one of the priorities of Iran’s pro-government Basij force and members are receiving necessary training in that area, according to an official with the militia.
Abbas Mahmudian, an official in charge of media and public relations of Khorasan’s Imam Reza Basij force, said that through “policies and planning” the Basij organization has set the “conquering of the virtual world” as one of its priorities.
Mahmudian said in this regard over 100 members of the Basij went recently through training in Mashad:In this three-day course, 120 Basij sisters and brothers learned about blogging, social networking sites, psychological operations, online spying security, and acquaintance with Basij cyber centers, mobile phones and their capabilities, and computer games with the aim of targeted entry of the virtual world.
Iranian officials have warned about the dangers of the Internet, which they see as a fertile ground for “the enemy’s soft war” against Iran and emphasized the need to bring it under control.
Last January, the cultural deputy of the Basij organization Mohammad Ali Nayini said that the militia is taking action for the hardliners to conquer the virtual world within a year.
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