Iranian leaders accused the United States and President Donald Trump of “racism” Sunday after the dying of George Floyd, utilizing Twitter to criticize the U.S.– as a number of GOP senators demand they be faraway from the social media platform.
Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted out their assist for #BlackLivesMatter and their opposition to racism in a sequence of tweets criticizing the United States. Both Iranian officers expressed their assist for the protests demanding justice for Floyd, whose police-involved dying led to 1 officer’s arrest on third-degree homicide prices.
“If you’re dark-skinned walking in the US, you can’t be sure you’ll be alive in the next few minutes. #ICantBreathe #BlackLivesMatter,” Iran’s Supreme Leader tweeted. “Racial discrimination is still a dilemma in a country that claims to support freedom and human rights #Black_Lives_Matter.”
“If you have colored skin, are black or Amer-indian, and are walking the streets of the United States, you cannot be sure that you will be alive in a few minutes. These are the words of the US president himself. That is the racism of the USA. #GeorgeFloydProtest,” Khamenei tweeted Sunday in Spanish.
The Iranian leaders’ use of Twitter has a number of Republican Senators, together with Ted Cruz, demanding a federal investigation into the California-based tech firm.
The Texas senator wrote a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr Friday that accused Twitter of probably violating U.S. sanctions in opposition to Iran by permitting Khamenei and Zarif to make use of the social media platform in any manner. Cruz penned a separate letter directly to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in February, saying the platform is “licensing the Iranian regime to propagandize over American social media platforms.”
Khamenei has accounts in 4 totally different languages along with his fundamental Khamenei.ir account, which boasts greater than 780,000 followers. He routinely references slavery, U.S. assist of Israel and Trump’s personal remarks in tweets criticizing America.
On Friday, Cruz shared a Media Research Center report highlighting “33 examples of anti-conservative bias” and allegations of “Big Tech censorship.” The Texas lawmaker was joined by fellow Republican Senators Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio and Marsha Blackburn in his February letter to Dorsey urging him to dam the Iranian accounts.
The senators warned the Twitter CEO that Khamenei’s fundamental English-language account “has had tweets removed for advocating murder.” Cruz argues that Twitter is probably committing legal violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by permitting the Iranian officers to make use of the platform.
“Ironically and infuriatingly, the Iranian regime does not allow its own people access to such platforms,” the 4 GOP senators wrote to Dorsey.
The IEEPA in tandem with the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations provides the president authority to “investigate, regulate, or prohibit any transactions in foreign exchange.” The emergency powers act provides Trump a broad skill to impose restrictions on Iran or different international entities deemed “threats.”
The president final week responded to a Twitter “fact check” over considered one of his tweets by signing an government order supposed to restrict authorized protections for social media firms. By withdrawing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, Twitter, Facebook and different Big Tech platforms must step up content material policing efforts.
“Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party. They have targeted Republicans, Conservatives & the President of the United States. Section 230 should be revoked by Congress. Until then, it will be regulated!” the president tweeted about Twitter on Friday.
Newsweek reached out to Cruz’s central Texas Senate workplace and the White House for added feedback Sunday afternoon.