4 Republican senators had written a notice to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Feb. 6, stating that the company needed to stop its operation to U.S.-sanctioned Iranian leaders. These involved Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian Overseas Minister Javad Zarif, both of whom have productive Twitter accounts. Six days later, Facebook revealed that it had taken away counterfeit accounts that were managed from Iran.
Armed forces magazine Defense One
learned that Iranian disinformation campaigns in earlier times “have influenced procedures against ISIS and endangered U.S. troops.” The article cited Alizera Nader, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, who said, “The regime is renowned for its hacking capacities and spends a considerable amount of resources looking to form discussion on social media.”
Khamenei uses his account for threats against Israel.
In the past, he had tweeted: “Israel is actually a dangerous cancerous tumor within the West Asian region that has to be taken off and eradicated: it is achievable, and it will come about.” While Twitter is obstructed in Iran by the regime for fear of anti-government “revolutionary campaigns,” in accordance with Fast Company, executives still have the capability to tweet.
“While the First Amendment defends the free speech liberties of Americans — and Twitter really should not be censoring the political speech of Americans — the Ayatollah really likes zero protection from the United States Bill of Rights,” authored Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Tom Cotton (R-AK).
Facebook extracted accounts that were dispersing disinformation from Iran promptly. The post detailed the information dispersion by these accounts as “about governmental headlines and geopolitics such as subject areas like the U.S. elections, Christianity, US-Iran relations, U.S. immigration policy, judgments of U.S. procedures in the Middle East, general public figures, as well as online video interviews with academics, general population figures, and columnists on challenges in connection with Iran and U.S. elections.”
Twitter possesses an open public policy to frame tweets from world executives in context if those tweets violate Twitter’s community standards. On the other hand, no world leaders, such as the ayatollah, have been provided any context on Twitter.
The senators cautioned Twitter, “As front-runner of the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism — directly accountable for the murder of many U.S. citizens — the Ayatollah and any American businesses offering him help are generally entirely subject to U.S. sanctions laws.”