TEHRAN: 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.
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, An entertainment based news magazine reported while referring to an article by an Iranian blogging site.
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”.
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.