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Even A Twitter Ban Couldn't Stop #GenevaTalks From Trending In Iran

Iranian diplomats announced news of the historic Iran nuclear deal via Twitter — which is technically banned in Iran. Users, nonetheless, took to social media to share their reactions with the English-speaking world.

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Twitter is technically banned in Iran — but #IranTalks and #GenevaTalks were trending in the hours after yesterday's historic nuclear deal.

A reported 2 million Iranians have Facebook and Twitter pages, using VPNs to bypass the ban. Farsi speakers also used the hashtag #ژنو (Geneva) and #ظریف (Zarif, for Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.)

"This is how we spent last night."

Adel Abbasi Azad

@AdelAbbasiAzad

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Many expressed their excitement.

Iranians are psyched! People were up waiting across the world and are now taking to social media to express their happiness. #IranTalks

Negar Mortazavi

@NegarMortazavi

Iranians are psyched! People were up waiting across the world and are now taking to social media to express their happiness.

#IranTalks

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This is a historic moment 4 #Iran and the West. Social media is exploding. Millions in #Iran still up at 5 am watching #BBCPersian. #Geneva

Bahman Kalbasi

@BahmanKalbasi

This is a historic moment 4 #Iran and the West. Social media is exploding. Millions in #Iran still up at 5 am watching #BBCPersian. #Geneva

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I'M IN TEARS.... Is the message I'm getting from young Iranians across the world, from Tokyo to Tehran to Geneva to Seattle. #IranTalks

Negar Mortazavi

@NegarMortazavi

I'M IN TEARS....

Is the message I'm getting from young Iranians across the world, from Tokyo to Tehran to Geneva to Seattle.

#IranTalks

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Few western journalists are allowed in Iran, making Twitter a pivotal aggregator of street views for the English-speaking public.

Everywhere I go in Tehran people asking me for details on the nuclear deal, many are happy, some skeptical, but all agree this is new phase.

Thomas Erdbrink

@ThomasErdbrink

Everywhere I go in Tehran people asking me for details on the nuclear deal, many are happy, some skeptical, but all agree this is new phase.

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Woman in Tehran tells me she's crying from joy over nuclear deal. #Iran #Irantalks

Golnaz Esfandiari

@GEsfandiari

Woman in Tehran tells me she's crying from joy over nuclear deal. #Iran #Irantalks

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Giti, a teacher, told me she expected the prices of cars to come down and she would finally be able to buy a car.

Thomas Erdbrink

@ThomasErdbrink

Giti, a teacher, told me she expected the prices of cars to come down and she would finally be able to buy a car.

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"Its been so hard" my mother's voice breaks down as we talk. "the past 8 years r a dark dream & we r slowly but surely waking up" #iran

Sidewalk Lyrics

@pedestrian

"Its been so hard" my mother's voice breaks down as we talk. "the past 8 years r a dark dream & we r slowly but surely waking up" #iran

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"Wow," said Reza, taxi driver. "Our foreign minister @Jzarif is a hero, he is the Mossadegh [legendary Iranian prime minister] of our time."

Thomas Erdbrink

@ThomasErdbrink

"Wow," said Reza, taxi driver. "Our foreign minister @Jzarif is a hero, he is the Mossadegh [legendary Iranian prime minister] of our time."

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Iranians are giving out candies in their workplaces to celebrate reaching an agreement on #IranTalks.

Ali Nazifpour

@Nazifpour

Iranians are giving out candies in their workplaces to celebrate reaching an agreement on #IranTalks.

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Iran user shares this song: "Beat the drums of happiness, victory, pride, put the flag at home..." https://t.co/62PSXkvkEA #IranTalks

Negar Mortazavi

@NegarMortazavi

Iran user shares this song: "Beat the drums of happiness, victory, pride, put the flag at home..."

https://t.co/62PSXkvkEA

#IranTalks

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No, not every1 in #iran was awake following #irantalks. Just called my dad, woke him up & told him. His voice broke, ran 2 turn on the TV.

Sidewalk Lyrics

@pedestrian

No, not every1 in #iran was awake following #irantalks. Just called my dad, woke him up & told him. His voice broke, ran 2 turn on the TV.

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Many happy in Tehran. However, some unhappy. Cab driver told me happy all sanctions gone, less happy when told sanctions still in place.

Mohammad Ali Shabani

@mashabani

Many happy in Tehran. However, some unhappy. Cab driver told me happy all sanctions gone, less happy when told sanctions still in place.

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Others online trolled Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif to make their voices heard.

"Viva Peace Viva Ambassador of Peace" written on tweet by #Iran FM @JZarif is circulating in social media. #IranTalks

Negar Mortazavi

@NegarMortazavi

"Viva Peace Viva Ambassador of Peace" written on tweet by #Iran FM @JZarif is circulating in social media.

#IranTalks

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#Iran FM's Facebook page is full of people praising him. Over a 100,000 likes for his last status announcing the deal!

Bahman Kalbasi

@BahmanKalbasi

#Iran FM's Facebook page is full of people praising him. Over a 100,000 likes for his last status announcing the deal!

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New poster circulating in Iran social media: Here is My Vote. #IranTalks #GenevaTalks

Negar Mortazavi

@NegarMortazavi

New poster circulating in Iran social media: Here is My Vote.

#IranTalks #GenevaTalks

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Meanwhile, Iranian media coverage was also a topic of conversation.

Zarif-Kerry historic picture dominates Tehran Monday front pages. Front page of the reformist @SharghDaily:

Saeed Kamali Dehghan

@SaeedKD

Zarif-Kerry historic picture dominates Tehran Monday front pages. Front page of the reformist @SharghDaily:

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#Iran hardline #Kayhan: "US was not trustworthy; Geneva deal failed in 1 hour"; referring 2 enrichment via @onlymehdi

Hadi Nili

@HadiNili

#Iran hardline #Kayhan: "US was not trustworthy; Geneva deal failed in 1 hour"; referring 2 enrichment via @onlymehdi

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"The Sun of Agreement Shines Over Tehran" Iran reformist newspaper Etemad special edition for Sunday. #IranTalks

Negar Mortazavi

@NegarMortazavi

"The Sun of Agreement Shines Over Tehran"

Iran reformist newspaper Etemad special edition for Sunday.

#IranTalks

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When Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif returned to Tehran from Geneva on Sunday, Iranians gathered en masse to cheer — and document — his return.

Hundreds of #Iranians in Tehran airport greeted their new national hero @Jzarif who has done an imposible mision

mehdi mahmoudi

@mehdimahmudi

Hundreds of #Iranians in Tehran airport greeted their new national hero @Jzarif who has done an imposible mision

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Woman with green wristband (symbol of opposition movement) welcomed #Iran FM at airport via @Yosra_Bakhakh

Golnaz Esfandiari

@GEsfandiari

Woman with green wristband (symbol of opposition movement) welcomed #Iran FM at airport via @Yosra_Bakhakh

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Here's a video of the excitement.

View this video on YouTube

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IRIB is covering Zarif's arrival in Tehran with a montage of anti American pictures. Subtitle is down with America in Persian and English.

Ali Hamedani

@BBCHamedani

IRIB is covering Zarif's arrival in Tehran with a montage of anti American pictures. Subtitle is down with America in Persian and English.

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Amid the impassioned reactions, Iranians also shared their sentiments via satire.

Cartoon: Facebook users are sharing this funny photoshop work on Netanyahu's infamous bomb at UN:

Saeed Kamali Dehghan

@SaeedKD

Cartoon: Facebook users are sharing this funny photoshop work on Netanyahu's infamous bomb at UN:

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Why didn't the #Iranian delegation put a clause about how to pronounce #Iran and #Iranian? -- I'm tired of hearing EYE-ran and EYE-raynian

Holly Dagres

@PoliticallyAff

Why didn't the #Iranian delegation put a clause about how to pronounce #Iran and #Iranian? -- I'm tired of hearing EYE-ran and EYE-raynian

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Wife of imprisoned #tajzadeh: say, now that u can come 2 agreement with the US, can u please turn the heaters on in #Evin prison? #irantalks

Sidewalk Lyrics

@pedestrian

Wife of imprisoned #tajzadeh: say, now that u can come 2 agreement with the US, can u please turn the heaters on in #Evin prison? #irantalks

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Irony: the Tehran fire department pulls up because a car in my building caught fire: "too late for spare parts sanction relief," man says.

Thomas Erdbrink

@ThomasErdbrink

Irony: the Tehran fire department pulls up because a car in my building caught fire: "too late for spare parts sanction relief," man says.

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The irony was also not lost that in Iran, Twitter diplomacy can still only go so far.

It is now time for Iran to open up Twitter and Facebook completely for its people.

Shervin Pishevar

@shervin

It is now time for Iran to open up Twitter and Facebook completely for its people.

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Former BuzzFeed World Reporter, Current BuzzFeed News Contributor

Contact Miriam Berger at miriam.berger+done@buzzfeed.com.

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