Twitter suspended a fake account attributed to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after an image of a drone targeting a Trump-lookalike was posted on social media.
This contradicts Twitter’s recent ban of former U.S. President Donald Trump over the violence in Washington, DC, on January 6.
Khamenei has five official Twitter accounts where he posts the same things in various languages – Arabic, English, Farsi, Russian and Spanish.
On Friday, Reuters said it was in fact a fake account.
The original tweet included the image of a blond-haired golfing figure resembling Trump in a red shirt.
🔻انتقام حتمی است
قاتل سلیمانی و آمر به قتل سلیمانی باید انتقامشان را پس بدهند.
اگر چه کفش پای سلیمانی هم بر سرِ قاتل او شرف دارد؛ اما بالاخره غلطی کردند، بایستی #انتقام پس بدهند؛ #هم_آمر_هم_قاتل بدانند که در هر زمان ممکن باید انتقامشان را پس بدهند.
— KHAMENEI.IR | سایت (@khamenei_site) January 21, 2021
A U.S. airstrike targeted a convoy carrying Soleimani and at least three other militiamen at Baghdad’s International Airport in the successful attack.
The killing remains a major blow to the Iranian regime, coming as it did just days after members of Iranian proxy militias attempted to stormed the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
“Those who ordered the murder of General Soleimani as well as those who carried this out should be punished. This revenge will certainly happen at the right time,” Khamenei tweeted on December 16, without naming Trump, who had ordered the strike.
Iran will not import American Pfizer-BioNTech or Britain’s Astrazeneca coronavirus vaccines, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced Friday. https://t.co/JlYORtrwKM
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 8, 2021
The social media platform said the tweet violated its rules against misinformation.