Twitter decided to suspend an account associated with the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khameneí, for posting an image that suggests an air strike against former President Donald Trump that reads: “Revenge is inevitable.”
Bill @khamenei_site, who does not usually function as the Ayatollah’s principal, was suspended by violate the rules of the social network, including threats of violence.
The image, which has also been shared on the Jameneí website in English, is a montage that shows a Trump-like person playing golf from the air and the shadow of a fighter plane or drone is projected on it.
The president of Iran, Hasan Rohaní (r), receives a certificate on his appointment from the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in 2017. Photo EFE
The most popular accounts used by the Iranian leader did not share the image or have been suspended.
Several users of the social network protested the image until finally that tweet was deleted and entire account suspended.
The threat is in reference to the death a little over a year ago of the Iranian general Qasem Soleimaní, who was assassinated in Baghdad by an American drone by direct order of Trump.
In December, a month before Trump left the presidency, which has been held by Democrat Joe Biden since Wednesday, Khameneí tweeted in English: “Those who ordered the death of General Soleimaní, as well as those who executed it, must be punished. Revenge will happen in due time. “
Trump accused the leader of the Quds Forces of being responsible for the deaths of Americans and later boasted of the wisdom of his decision to order his death.
Iran responded with a deadly bombing of a US military base in Iraq and promised revenge in due course.
Trump was suspended from Twitter indefinitely after justifying the deadly assault on the Capitol on January 6 by his followers and having fueled that confrontation with false accusations of electoral fraud on social networks and in a previous speech.
Twitter also deleted on January 8 a tweet on Khameneí’s main English-language account announcing that they will not allow US and British vaccines to be imported into the country because they are designed “to contaminate other nations.”
This month, Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump from their platforms for inciting the assault on the Capitol, in an unprecedented step that highlighted the power of the tech giants to regulate content on their platforms. Many activists called on companies to apply their policies similarly to political figures around the world to combat hate speech and content that encourages violence.