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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo tweets Iran president to undo Twitter ban

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By John McCarthy | Media editor

September 26, 2014 | 4 min read

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has received a request from Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo asking him to unban the social network in the country.

The tweets saw the Twitter head confront president Hassan Rouhani - who has over a quarter of a million followers on the site - over the fact the Iranian people cannot access their leader’s posts.

The president’s account was used to publicise Rouhani’s speech at the United Nations on Thursday.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani

However, the head of the social network directly messaged the Iranian president, asking him when he will undo the ban of the social network which has been in place since 2009.

Some social media users congratulated Costolo for his remark in which he appeared focused on making Iran a more open nation. However, others suspected the Twitter CEO was more interested in opening up the Iranian market to his firm.

Last year, Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder, had a similar swipe at the Iranian leader in which he said: “Good evening, President. Are citizens of Iran able to read your tweets?”

To this question Rouhani actually responded: “Evening, @Jack. As I told @camanpour, my efforts geared 2 ensure my ppl'll comfortably b able 2 access all info globally as is their #right.”

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Earlier this year, Turkey waged a war against social media issuing bans on Twitter and YouTube during a period of civil unrest.

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