FILE -- In this April 29, 2017 file photo, Iranian cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi, center, stands among his supporters, during a campaign rally in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
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From a former president disobeying the supreme leader to open discussion of a 1980s mass execution, Iran's presidential election is pushing the boundaries of what can be discussed in public and done online, a small but noticeable shift in the country's clerically overseen polls.The app's designers say some 40 million of its active users are in Iran, a nation of 80 million people. This year's vote marks the first presidential election held since the app swept across Iran.Rouhani supporters also have effectively used Telegram. After state television censored part of a Rouhani advertisement that included shouts supporting reformists detained after Iran's disputed 2009 presidential election, the unedited video quickly spread through the app.In another break from precedent, Rouhani has increasingly criticized Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, a hard-line paramilitary force answering only to Khamenei. Rouhani himself hasn't escaped criticism.
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