Twitter finally banned a fake account listed under the name of Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei 17 hours after a drone picture was posted against Trump lookalike in revenge for the US air strike, and long after it was first reported .
The photo was taken from a top view, which has immediate connotations of drone strikes that killed General Soleimani on January 3 last year.
The tweet read roughly: “Revenge is inevitable. Soleimani’s murderer and whoever ordered Soleimani’s murder must take revenge. ‘It was possible “at any time”.
Khamenei has five official Twitter accounts where he posts the same things in different languages - Arabic, English, Persian, Russian, and Spanish.
The Khamenei_site handle isn’t one of them, but Reuters attributed it to him on Thursday evening and said he posted it.
Twitter did nothing and made no statement as to whether or not it investigated the tweet.
On Friday, Reuters tweeted that it was indeed a fake report, and not that of the Iranian leader, who has tweeted anti-Semitic, anti-American and anti-COVID vaccine remarks in the past.
Now the AP reports that the account has been linked to Khamenei’s office but is not official.
Even so, it took Twitter 17 hours to do something about the violent threat and then only blocked the account, but not because of the post. They said it was being suspended because it was a fake.
On January 8, Twitter permanently deleted Trump’s accountabout the unrest in the Capitol two days earlier.
A report attributed to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened to assassinate Donald Trump in that tweet Thursday, but it took Twitter 17 hours to do something. On Friday, they blocked his account but did not delete it – like Trump after the January 6 riots. It has since been found that the account was faked
Eventually, Twitter suspended the account, but it took 17 hours
CEO Jack Dorsey was inundated with questions about double standards.
“So does Ayatollah Ali Khamenei get a passport for threatening to assassinate a former US president?” asked one person.
Another said: “Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, has been removed from this platform” because of the risk of further incitement to violence.
“Today Iranian top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shared an image that resembles Trump and calls for ‘revenge’.”
Soleimani was killed in a US air strike in Iraq on January 3 last year, which was ordered by Trump.
Earlier this month, Twitter removed a tweet from Khamenei saying vaccines made in the US and the UK are unreliable and could “contaminate other nations.”
Khamenei’s real report, in which he made anti-Semitic remarks in the past, remains active