Twitter suspends “fake” account that carried a link to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s website

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Updated: Jan 22, 2021 10:59 PM

Twitter suspends "fake" account of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: The post, on a Persian-language account carrying a link to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website, had carried the text of remarks by him in December in which he said "Revenge is certain" - referring to the killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. drone attack.

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei twitter account suspendedIranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (AP/PTI file image)

Twitter said on Friday it had suspended what it said was a fake account that carried a link to the website of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday, hours after it carried the image of a golfer resembling former U.S. President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone.

The post, on a Persian-language account carrying a link to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s website, had carried the text of remarks by him in December in which he said “Revenge is certain” – referring to the killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. drone attack.

A Twitter spokeswoman said the @khamenei_site account was suspended for violating the company’s platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts. Asked if the @khamenei_site account was fake, she said it was.

The golfer image tweet was retweeted by Khamenei’s main Persian-language account @Khamenei-fa, although it appeared to have been deleted later. The text and graphic of the tweet was also carried by Khamenei’s official website (farsi.khamenei.ir) and widely quoted by Iranian media.

Khamenei’s @Khamenei_fa account and his main Twitter account in English, which did not carry the golfer image tweet, were still operational.

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