Why 170 Instagram Models Are Going To Prison For Posting Their Selfies

In the western world, the worst punishment you’ll get for posting too many selfies is the ridicule of the people around you, and perhaps a sponsorship or two from a teeth whitening company. In Iran, however, posting a selfie can result in a prison sentence or even public lashings.

Thanks to a recent crackdown on the Iranian creative community on Instagram, hundreds of people have been targeted by the government. Instagram is an incredibly popular site in Iran, since Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are all banned.


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