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Iranian teen detained for Instagram dancing videos


[7/8/2018 5:31:10 PM]

AMMONNEWS - A teenage girl was arrested in Iran after she posted videos of herself dancing on Instagram and attracted tens of thousands of followers, according to the Associated Press.

A state television network aired a video on Friday in which Maedeh Hojabri, the 18 year-old gymnast, acknowledged that she was breaking moral norms, but insisted that it was not her intention.

She said that she was only trying gain more followers.

According to AP, it was unclear whether her statement was made under duress.

A local news website, Shabooneh, said the girl and three others were detained on similar charges in recent weeks before being released on bail.

Hojabri has posted around 300 videos on her account, many of which show her dancing in both Iranian and Western styles.

She also appeared in some videos without a headscarf, an obligatory dress code for women in Iran.

Iranian police said they plan to shut down similar accounts on Instagram, and the judiciary is considering blocking access to the site.

Iran has already blocked access to many social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Telegram messaging app.

However, millions of Iranians continue to use these sites through proxies and VPNs.

In 2014, Iranian authorities sentenced six young men and women to suspended prison terms after they appeared in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy.”

*AP

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