Social media giant Twitter is on countering mode lately. Twitter has now permanently banned the account of what it called “fake” id, thought to be connected to the office of Iran Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei allegedly for posting a threat image directing to former US President Donald Trump.
In the image posted by the suspect account, shows Trump golfing in shadow of a giant drone, with the caption that read: “Revenge is certain” written in Farsi.
Hours that the post surfaced, a Twitter spokesperson claimed the account was suspended as it violated the company’s “abusive behaviour policy,” and for violating its “manipulation and spam policy.” In a later statement, the social media giant also declared the account to be “fake”, without giving any clarification.
The suspect account, @khamenei_site, was linked to Khamenei’s other official sites and was frequently shared and was retweeted by the supreme leader’s Farsi account, @Khamenei-fa, but was later deleted.
The warning in the post referred to Khamenei’s remarks last month ahead of the first anniversary of the US drone killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard general Qassem Soleimani in the capital.
Without explicitly naming Trump, Khamenei reiterate his vow to take revenge against those ordered and executed the killing.
“Revenge will certainly happen at the right time,” Khamenei had declared.
Earlier, this month, tech giants Facebook, Twitter and YouTube had banned former US President’s account from their platforms for allegedly promoting/ inciting people ensuing the US Capitol riots.
Social media like Facebook, Twitter are banned in the Islamic country while others are censored. The avid internet users often take to proxy servers or other workarounds.
However, this is not the first time Khamenei has faced this, earlier this month Twitter had removed Khamenei’s post suggesting vaccines made in the United States and Britain were “untrustworthy”. A spokesperson had then claimed the tweet “violates… specifically our Covid-19 misleading information policy”.