An Iranian court found them guilty of using the pages to spread anti-government propaganda, attemp to undermine national security, and insult Iran’s leaders. It is unclear whether they were acting together.
It is understood that those convicted will appeal the ruling, having each been handed sentences between 11 and 21 years, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported. The terms were passed in April after the eight appeared in court several times.
Following a wave of protests against the re-election of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009, the Iranian government banned websites including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter which it believed were instrumental in organising dissent.