| 26 September 2022, Monday |

Twitter bans account linked to Iran leader over video threatening Trump

Twitter said Saturday that it had permanently blocked an account associated to Iran’s supreme commander after it released a video asking for retaliation for the killing of a top general against former US President Donald Trump.

“The account in question has been permanently terminated for breaking our policy on ban evasion,” a Twitter spokeswoman told AFP.

The account, @KhameneiSite, uploaded an animated video this week depicting an unmanned aircraft aimed at Trump, who authorized a drone operation in Baghdad two years ago that killed senior Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani.

The primary accounts of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in multiple languages are still functioning. Last year, Twitter suspended another similar account for a tweet that appeared to be about vengeance against Trump.

The most current video, titled “Revenge is Definite,” was also made available on Khamenei’s official website.

Twitter’s primary aim, according to the business, is to keep users safe and to safeguard the vitality of the platform’s dialogue.

The social media giant claims to have clear regulations in place regarding abusive behavior and will take action if infractions are discovered.

Soleimani was the architect of Iran’s Middle East strategy as the leader of the Quds Force, the Revolutionary Guards’ foreign operations wing.

On January 3, 2020, he and his Iraqi lieutenant were assassinated by a US drone attack near Baghdad airport.

Khamenei has constantly stated that he will revenge his death.

On the second anniversary of the strike, January 3, supreme leader and ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi warned the US with retaliation.

Trump’s fans frequently condemn the Republican billionaire’s suspension from Twitter, emphasizing that accounts of many leaders deemed authoritarian by the US are permitted to post on the network.


  • AFP