She challenged him directly on Twitter: Masih Alinejad, journalist writer and American political activist of Iranian origin asked the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, to banish the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei. This anti-veiling activist denounced through a tweet the restrictions imposed by the Ayatollah, starting with the censorship imposed in the country where Twitter is banned.
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“Congratulations to Elon Musk” she introduced, before imploring the boss of Tesla and Space X to delete Ali Khamenei’s account: “Please drive out dictators who exclude their own people from social media. We, the Iranians who defend freedom of expression, call on you to ban Khamenei who banned 80 million people from Twitter” she said on the social network this Monday, April 25.
Congratulations to @elonmusk!
Please kick out dictators who exclude their own people from social media.
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) April 25, 2022
If for the time being, the new boss of Twitter has not responded to the Iranian activist, the social network said last January that it had closed one of the accounts linked to the Iranian Supreme Leader, after the publication of a video calling revenge for the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by the United States and appeared to be aimed at former US President Donald Trump.
The offending account, @KhameneiSite, had posted an animated video simulating revenge against Donald Trump, who two years ago ordered a strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani, then head of the Quds Force, in charge of external operations of the United States. Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic. If it was a secondary account relaying the activities of the ayatollah, his main account, @khamenei_ir, is still active.
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According to Twitter, protecting people and the content of conversations on the social network is a top priority for the company. The group invokes clear policies about abusive behavior and promises to continue to intervene in case of violations. The camp of the former American president regularly denounces the banishment of the Republican billionaire from Twitter, noting in particular that the accounts of several leaders considered by the United States as autocrats, including Ali Khamenei, are themselves authorized to relay their messages. .