There are accusations from Iranian authorities that Kim Kardashian is a Secret Agent. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp has claimed that foreign powers are targeting families, saying that Instagram wants to make fashion modeling native to Iran.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp is “an agency tasked with policing domestic culture and heading off the influence of other nations, is concerned about the social-media popularity of Kim Kardashian.” They have also accused accused the reality star of being a SPY for Instagram who is attempting to subvert the “Islamic Iranian lifestyle.
Mostafa Alizadeh, spokesman for the Revolutionary Guard’s Organized Cyberspace Crime Unit, says that their surveillance of Kim Kardashian and other models with significant social media platforms, falls under the purview of “Operation Spider 2.” Their object: to eliminate content deemed incompatible with Islamic values and to punish the so-called offenders.
“‘[Foreign powers] are targeting young people and women,’ he said. ‘Foreigners are behind it because it is targeting families. These schemes originate from around the Persian Gulf and England. When you draw the operational graph, you will see that it is a foreign operation.’
The aim of Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom, he said, is to make fashion modeling native to Iran, and Kim Kardashian is implementing his scheme for him. ‘Ms. Kim Kardashian is a popular fashion model, so Instagram’s CEO tells her, ‘make this native,’ Alizadeh said. ‘There is no doubt that financial support is involved as well. We are taking this very seriously.’”
Iran has launched a nationwide crackdown on social media pages. The Unit has also arrested individuals responsible for about 350 Facebook pages and several pages Instagram models while many more models have received warnings from the Revolutionary Guard, while about 29 of them are being targeted for prosecution.
An Iranian entertainer Elham Arab who had featured on a TV show called Honeymoons sparked national outrage from Iran’s hardline conservative Islamists for not adhering to Iranian laws on women’s Islamic style of dressing. Elham Arab had to remove all photos that showed her without an Islamic headscarf, or hijab after Islamic conservatives attacked her in the media, She was also forced to shut down her Instagram page.