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Instagram removing pro-Soleimani posts

An Iranian government spokesman said the move is 'undemocratic.'


Alexandra Samuels


Posted on Jan 12, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 6:03 pm CDT

Instagram and Facebook are removing posts that express support for slain top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani to comply with U.S. sanctions, CNN reports

According to Mashable, Instagram is one of the few Western social media sites not blocked in Iran. Because of this, many Iranians posted about Soleimani after his death. 

At least 15 Iranian journalists have had their accounts suspended, Coda Story reports.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, said it’s complying with the sanctions against Iran by removing the posts and accounts. 

“We operate under U.S. sanctions laws, including those related to the U.S. government’s designation of the IRGC and its leadership,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNN.

The spokesperson said it removes posts that praise the actions of sanctioned individuals and parties and seek to help further their actions. Users can go through Facebook’s appeals process if they feel their content was deleted in error. 

In a tweet, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said the move is “undemocratic.”

“Instagram has blocked an innocence nations’ voice protesting to the assesination ofGeneral #Soleimani, while the real terrorists have been given an open voice,” Rabiei wrote. “The stick behind the democracy and media freedom is displayed in the nick of time.”


As Mashable reports, the Iranian government has now called for nationwide legal action against Instagram. It’s also created a portal for Iranians to submit posts that have been deleted. 


H/T Mashable

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*First Published: Jan 12, 2020, 11:40 am CST