Iranian Social Activist Najafi Uses Instaradio to Broadcast Refugee Experience
Discussing Life and Love, Topics That Pose a Cultural Threat to the Iranian Government, Najafi Relies on a Canadian-Based Startup to Reach the World
June 30, 2014 --
TORONTO, ON -- (Marketwired) -- 06/30/14 -- Instaradio, an app that enables anyone to broadcast live audio, announces a spike in Middle East use as Iranian rapper and social activist Najafi leverages the audio platform to broadcast his thoughts as a refugee fleeing from the country.
Najafi was recently forced out of the Iran in order to avoid persecution by the government after speaking publicly on social issues. Seeking refuge in Germany, Najafi publicized his first Instaradio audio broadcast on Facebook and Twitter, showcasing an indispensable window into his experience. In the first four days of posting, his broadcasts were played more than 150,000 times. Instaradio has also seen 30 percent week-over-week growth for the last month and Farsi usage has jumped by more than 500 percent.
"It's both exciting and inspiring to see our growth stimulated by a social movement," said Kevin Kliman, CEO of Instaradio. "We believe that audio broadcasting plays a crucial role in social activism and acts as another tool of self-expression. People naturally communicate best through story, and we're committed to providing our users with a microphone to the world."
Social media has become a keystone in Middle Eastern social movements. Despite governments blacklisting sites, search words and throttling connection speeds, social media use has proliferated. In addition, platforms that allow Iranians to freely share images, text, audio and videos have generated high adoption.
As a live audio app, Instaradio enables users to broadcast and record high-quality audio to Facebook, Twitter and within the app. Broadcasts stay posted within the app even after the live audio is finished, maintaining the immediacy of the "live to air" audio without limiting content.
With a push notification system, Instaradio effectively turns a user's social following into a real-time public address system. As soon as a broadcast is initiated, followers are notified. Instaradio is available for iOS and Android platforms.
Instaradio is a live audio app for iOS and Android platforms that produces high-quality broadcasts without the need for professional editing. Integrating a social media component, Instaradio broadcasts can be pushed out via popular social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook. Instaradio also turns a user's social following into a real-time public address system with a push notification system.
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