“Digital hooligans” from Iran bombarded thousands of insulting and threatening comments in Persian on the Facebook page of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi as the World Cup groups were determined on Saturday. Argentina, Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Nigeria were polled together.
Many of the comments use very foul language.
Many Iranians published comments and tweets calling the cyberattack shameful.
Kargadan tweeted [fa]:
به نظر من دولت ایران و مارک زاکربرگ باید دست به دست هم بدن و فیسبوک رو از هموطنان عزیز پاکسازی کنن که این وسط آبروی بقیه ملت نره! #مسی
— ـكرگـ ـدنـ (@Rhino_x) December 7, 2013
Zuckerberg [Facebook's founder] and the Iranian government, should hand in hand clean out Facebook's page of Iranians to save our honor.
Sooskak tweeted [fa]:
همون بهتر فیسبوک فیلتره #مسی
— سوسکِ قاچاقچی (@Sooskak) December 7, 2013
It's good that Facebook is filtered [in Iran].
Baridya tweeted [fa]:
اگر همین فردا هم جمهوری اسلامی سقوط کنه خیلی سریع یه حکومت عالی جایگزین بشه باز هم 15-20سال طول میکشه تا فرهنگ این مردم درست بشه! #مسی
— Bardiya (@1Bardiya) December 7, 2013
If the Islamic Republic collapsed today, it would take 15-20 years for this people's culture to improve.
Blogger 5Char published [fa] a screen shot of insulting comments and says it is typical of a generation that grew up under Islamic Republic.
Another blogger, Andarbab says [fa]:
These people try to make up for their inadequacy with slogans and insults. They are the same people who chant “Down with the USA” yet wish to get a US Green Card. They insult Messi, yet wish to get a souvenir fan photo taken with him.