Hojabri has posted around 300 videos so far on her account, many of which display her dancing to both Iranian and Western music. Her videos have also appeared on various Instagram accounts dedicated to her, although they have not been verified.
In a video released by the Iranian State TV on Friday, the teen is shown confessing to breaking “moral norms.” She, however, insisted that this was not her intention, noting that she was only trying to gain more followers, Reuters reports.
“You will be laughed at if you tell people anywhere in the world that 17 and 18-year-old girls are arrested for their dance, happiness, and beauty on charges of spreading indecency, while child rapists and others are free,” Iranian blogger and political dissident Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki wrote.
Iranian police have since expressed their plans to shut down similar accounts on Instagram.
Iran, which has already blocked access to many social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, is also considering blocking access to Instagram.
Millions of Iranians, however, are still able to access these sites by using proxies and VPNs.
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