The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp has accused reality TV star Kim Kardashian of working with Instagram to corrupt Iranian youth.
“Ms Kim Kardashian is a popular fashion model so Instagram’s CEO tells her, ‘Make this native,’” Organised Cyberspace Crimes Unit’s spokesperson, Mostafa Alizadeh, said on an Iranian news programme.
“There is no doubt that financial support is involved as well. We are taking this very seriously,” he added.
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He further alleged that Kardashian was working for Instagram as part of a complicated ploy to “target young people and women,” and corrupting them with aspirational photos depicting a lifestyle which is at odds with Islam, Vanity Fair reported while referring to an article by Iran Wire.
The Revolutionary Guards are tasked with policing domestic culture and heading off the influence of other nations.
Kim recently attended the 2016 Webby Awards where she got the inaugural Break the Internet Award for “unparalleled success online” and for inventing “a new type of celebrity”, reports eonline.com.
In her acceptance speech, Kim said, “Naked selfies until I die.”
Kardashian’s paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from Armenia, which shares a border with Iran.
Just recently, Iran arrested eight people for working in “un-Islamic” online modelling networks, particularly on Instagram, the head of Tehran’s cybercrimes court said on state television.
The arrests were made under a two-year-old sting operation named “Spider II”, targeting among others models who post photos online without the hijab covering the hair that is compulsory for women in public in Iran since its 1979 Islamic revolution.
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It identified 170 people running online Instagram pages — 59 photographers and makeup artists, 58 models, 51 fashion salon managers and designers, and two active institutions, according to a statement from the special court.
According to reporting by Iran Wire, the unit claimed to have arrested individuals responsible for some 350 Facebook pages. The organisation accused these accounts of “promoting a culture of promiscuity, weakening and rejecting the institution of family, ridiculing religious values and beliefs, promoting relationships outside moral rules, and publishing the private pictures of young women.”
Many Instagram users have fled Iran. One model and makeup artist, Elnaz Golrokh, who posts glamorous photos of her new life in Dubai, has 638,000 followers.
Hamid Fadaei, a male model who reportedly married Golrokh, appears to have also left Iran. Fadaei treats his 200,000 Instagram followers to similar content.
This article originally appeared on Vanity Fair