Hojabri, who had hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers at the time of her arrest, said in her confession that she made the videos for her followers, not to get attention or encourage similar behavior, according to a translation by the Guardian. "I can understand his fear, but I continued dancing to support Maedeh Hojabri".
Under Iran's Islamic Sharia law, women are required to wear headscarves and modest clothing in public and are banned from dancing in public.
July 9, 2018-Forcing a teenage girl to confess on state TV for the "crime" of posting a video of herself dancing on Instagram represents a blatant violation of freedom of expression and demonstrates the extent to which the authorities are brutally imposing their cultural dictates on the people of Iran.
A local news website reported that Hojabri and three other people were detained on similar charges and released on bail in recent weeks.
On social media, Hojabri's arrest received many supporters who went to share videos for them while dancing, using hashtags like #FreeMaedeh, #MaedehHojabri or #DancingIsNotACrime.
Hojabri posted around 300 videos on her Instagram account and a lot of them showed her dancing in her room to Iranian and western music. "I did not work with a network", a crying Hojabri told TV on Friday.
One filmed herself dancing in a park in Tehran, though she was wearing a headscarf, which breaks strict rules set by the Islamic regime.
Blogger Hossein Ronaghi said, "People would laugh at you if you tell anyone in the world that [in Iran] they arrest 17-year-olds and 18-year-olds for dancing, being happy and being attractive, for spreading indecency, and instead paedophiles are free".
Ashraf Sherjan posted several videos for Iranian women while dancing wondering how dancing is considered a crime in Iran. "Because for them, it's unbelievable!" blogger Hossein Ronaghi tweeted. In 2014, six people who appeared in an online video dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" on the streets were sentenced to a one-year jail term and 91 lashes.
Iran has already blocked access to many social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Telegram messaging app. Similarly, in August past year, six people were arrested for taking Zumba classes at a public square in Tehran.