- Advising protesters to hold a Quran ('Koran') when they go out to protest, saying "it is a sin in Islamic law to beat a person holding a Koran" (or similar - see examples) - implying that protesters with a Quran will be immune from police/militia beatings. Firstly, it's not technically 'against Islamic law'. Secondly - if they want to beat you, they'll simply take the Quran off you, and then beat you. No problem there - criminals (real & imagined) holding the Quran don't get leniency.
- Advising protesters to mix ammonia & bleach to make a 'poisonous' solution to throw at and harm Basiji militia (examples). If it works, you give the government a good reason to shoot protesters, and legitimate evidence that they're 'hooligans'.
- Publicly tweeting the addresses of proxy servers 'for Iranians to use'. Great, now the government knows which IP addresses to block (example from the usually tech-savvy Stephen Fry).
- Links to perform denial-of-service attacks on Iranian government websites (especially pro-government news sources). Iran doesn't have big bandwidth pipes, and the bandwidth soaked up by a DDoS reduces bandwidth for all Iranians - including protesters trying to get their message out (who are already battling government net restrictions!). Though with this one, some sensible Twitterers have also advised against it (examples).
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Stupid things spotted on Twitter re. Iran protests
A few stupid things I spotted on Twitter with the #iranelection hashtag: