Iran’s Khamenei’s Instagram and Facebook accounts are deleted by Meta

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, had his Instagram and Facebook accounts deleted by Meta on Thursday, the company claimed, due to content violations. A Meta representative told AFP, “We have removed these accounts for repeatedly violating our Dangerous Organizations and Individuals policy.” Despite not bringing up the Israel-Hamas conflict, Meta has under pressure to block the leader ever since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7. Following the massacre, Khamenei denied Iranian participation while endorsing Hamas’s gruesome onslaught.

 

Additionally, he has openly backed Palestinian reprisal against Israel’s shelling of Gaza and the Houthi rebels of Yemen’s attacks on ships in the Red Sea. With five million Instagram followers, Khamenei has ruled Iran for thirty-five years. The policy that served as the foundation for Meta’s decision states, “We do not allow organizations or individuals that proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence to have a presence on our platforms in an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm.” It further states that it will “remove glorification, support and representation of various dangerous organizations and individuals.The United States has classified Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization.

Iran forbids the use of Instagram and Facebook, but many there use virtual private networks, or VPNs, to get around limitations and access blocked websites and applications, such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

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