Acid Attacks In Isfahan: Media Coverage Shared On Facebook aggregates top trending Farsi links shared by Facebook users. Updated on the hour, Meidoon captures trending stories discussed on social media in Iran.

Two weeks ago, rumours of acid attacks in Isfahan, a large city in central Iran, began circulating on Farsi media. Major news outlets based inside and outside of Iran, subsequently began covering the story and it still remains a major trend on Facebook and Twitter. tracked how the story unfolded on social media and how major news outlets based outside of Iran covered the story in its initial days. The media outlets with the highest number of Facebook fans are, in respective order: ManotoTV: 2.3M, BBC Persian: 2.1M, Radio Farda: 1.3M, and DW Persian 550K. While each media agency used different approaches to report on the acid attacks,their links were among the top stories shared on Facebook between October 16 to 24, 2014. Here is how their stories were shared on Facebook as tracked by Meidoon on hourly basis:


Radio Farda’s story was the first link to be tracked on at 12pm GMT on October 16, 2014.  It was already a trending story when BBC Persian came out with the story the following day. Deutsche Welle Persian was among the first to cover the victim’s accounts, citing interviews of the victims with the Iranian Student’s News Agency (ISNA’s original story has close to 2500 FB shares).

However, it was Masih Alinejad’s audio interview on October 20, 2014, with a witness and mother of one the victims in Isfahan,that received the most attention on Facebook and has been shared 19K time to date.

The chart below outlines an interactive look at these stories shared on Facebook, tracked on an hourly basis by Meidoon (GMT Timezone). is a joint project between the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and ASL19.