Twitter closes Iran’s Supreme Leader’s account after a threat to Trump
Twitter announced today the closure of the account linked to the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, who had posted a video asking for revenge for the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, apparently aimed at former US President Donald Trump.
“This account has been permanently suspended for violating our rules,” a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to Agence France Presse.
The @KhameneiSite account this week published an animated video simulating revenge against Donald Trump, who two years ago ordered an attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani, then head of the Qods Force, the Revolutionary Guards, responsible for the external operations of the Iranian army.
This is not the ayatollah’s main English account, which is still active, but a multimedia account that relays its activities. Last year, a similar account was suspended by Twitter over a similar video.
The protection of people and the content of conversations on the social network is a top priority for the company, which excludes abusive behavior in its rules of use.
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Architect of Iran’s regional influence strategy, Soleimani was killed on January 3, 2020 in Baghdad by an attack carried out by a US drone, an operation ordered by Donald Trump.
The Iranian supreme leader has repeatedly vowed to avenge his death.
On January 3, the second anniversary of the attack, Iranian President Ebrahim Raissi also threatened former US leaders, including Donald Trump, with “revenge”.
Aides to the former US president regularly denounce the permanent suspension imposed by Twitter on the Republican millionaire a year ago, noting in particular that several leaders considered by the US to be autocrats, including Ali Khamenei, are allowed to broadcast their messages through of the social network.