BuzzFeed Complains Viral Photo of Iran Protest Taken a Week Ago Is ‘Old’

Claims 'right-wing personalities' using image 'to further their own agenda'

Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems

Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems / Getty Images

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BuzzFeed News warned in a tweet on Wednesday that a viral image of an Iranian woman defiantly removing her headscarf is "old," despite being taken only a week earlier.

"People are using an old image of a woman without a headscarf to illustrate the Iran protests," the tweet read.

 

 

"As protests against the government in Iran have gathered steam, one image, showing a woman waving a white headscarf on a busy road, has been widely shared online," BuzzFeed‘s Rose Troup Buchanan wrote in an article published Wednesday. "But the image, a still from a video, was first posted online last week—and she had nothing to do with the current protests sweeping Iran."

The image actually came from a video of the group My Stealthy Freedom protesting women being forced to wear the hijab in public in Tehran last Wednesday. The nationwide protests against the Iranian government began only a day later, last Thursday.

BuzzFeed wrote that "right-wing personalities" used the image of the women's protest "to further their own agenda," but none of the tweets highlighted by BuzzFeed actually claimed the image was from the larger anti-government demonstrations.

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at griswold@freebeacon.com

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