Twitter said Friday it blocked a fake account that contained a link to the Iranian Supreme Leader’s website on Friday, hours after a picture of a golfer resembling former U.S. President Donald Trump, apparently from a drone, was posted was attacked.
The post, which contained a link to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s website in a Persian-language account, contained the text of his December remarks in which he said, “Vengeance is certain” – regarding the assassination of a top Iranian general in the United States Drone attack.
A Twitter spokeswoman said the @ khamenei_site account had been banned for violating the company’s platform tampering and spam policy, including creating fake accounts. When asked if the @ khamenei_site account was fake, she said it was.
The golf picture tweet was retweeted @ Khamenei-fa from Khamenei’s main account in Persian, although it appeared to have been deleted later. The text and graphics of the tweet were also carried from Khamenei’s official website (farsi.khamenei.ir) and widely quoted by the Iranian media.
Khamenei’s @ Khamenei_fa account and main English Twitter account, which did not include the golfer image tweet, were still operational.
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