NEW YORK: Meta has removed Facebook and Instagram accounts of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. However, Meta did not offer no specifics about its reasoning. However, it announced it removed the accounts “for repeatedly violating our Organizations and Individuals policy.”
The Iranian leader has been targeted by U.S. sanctions since 2019 by the then President Donald Trump as tensions started to spiral in the region over Trump unilaterally withdrawing Washington from Tehran’s nuclear agreement with world powers.
Meta Removes Social Media Accounts for Iran’s Supreme Leader: Report
However, pressure has been rising on online platforms to remove Khamenei in recent years, especially after the mass protests that followed the 2022 death of Mahsa Amini following her arrest allegedly over how she wore the headscarf in Iran. However, Iran’s mission to the UN did not immediately respond over the development.