Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Twitter) said on Friday that Twitter has permanently banned the so-called “fake” account, which is believed to be linked to the office of the Supreme Leader of Iran.
In an image posted on Thursday night by an account associated with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Trump is shown playing golf in the shadow of a giant drone and speaking in Persian With the title “Vengeance is certain”.
In response to a request for comment from the Associated Press, a Twitter spokesperson said that the tweet violated the company̵
He said in a subsequent statement that Twitter had determined that the account was “fake” without specifying the conclusion.
The suspended account @khamenei_site is linked to Khamenei’s own website and frequently posts excerpts of his speeches and other official content.
Photos of other unposted tweets related to Khamenei’s office, including his main English account, are still active. The photo is also prominent on the website of the supreme leader.
Earlier this month, Facebook and Twitter cut off Trump’s platform for allegedly inciting attacks on the U.S. Capitol. This is an unprecedented step, highlighting the tremendous power of tech giants to monitor speech on their platforms. The activists quickly urged the two companies to apply their policies equally to politicians around the world to combat hate speech and content that incite violence.
The warning in the title quoted Khamenei’s speech on the first anniversary of the U.S. drone strike last month. On the first anniversary of the U.S. drone strike, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani was killed in Baghdad. In his speech, Khamenei did not shout Trump’s name, but reiterated his vengeance against those who ordered the attack on Soleimani.
Khamenei declared: “Income will definitely happen at the right time.”
Iran blocked social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and censored other sites. Although senior officials are free to use social media, Iran’s young people and tech-savvy citizens use proxy servers or other workarounds to bypass control.
Soon after Trump’s ban on Twitter triggered calls from other political leaders for targeted tweets, the company cancelled a position through another Khamenei-related account that promoted the COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy theory.
Khamenei, who has the final say in all national affairs of Iran, claimed that the virus vaccine imported from the United States or the United Kingdom is “completely unreliable”.