A court in Iran has sentenced eight young people to a total of 127 years in jail for anti-regime posts on Facebook, media reported on Monday. Their names were not given in court
The group were jailed for “acting against national security, anti-regime propaganda and insulting religious values and Iranian leaders”, the reports said, without elaborating.
Those convicted come from the provinces of Tehran, Yazd, Shiraz, Abadan and Kerman, and each have received sentences of between 11 and 21 years. They are allowed to appeal against this ruling.
Access to social networks, including Twitter and Facebook, are routinely filtered by Iranian authorities, as are other websites considered un-Islamic or detrimental to the regime.