A year after terminating the account of sitting President Donald Trump from its platform, Twitter consciously allows official accounts belonging to the Iranian regime to issue death threats against Trump and officials of his administration.
Some members of Congress are renewing investigations into Twitter’s policies due to their continuing refusal to take down ongoing violent threats. The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps account tweeted last weekend that it intends to take violent revenge for the death two years ago of terror leader Qasem Soleimani from a drone strike ordered by President Trump.
The tweet, as translated, says that the Iranian regime considers revenge against those responsible for Soleimani’s death to be their religious right and vowed to “seek vengeance next to the criminals’ homes.” The tweet attached a depiction of President Trump on a golf course.
That tweet is the latest in a series of Iranian threats on the life of Trump and other officials, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, regarding the death of Soleimani and demonstrates the tech giant’s uneven enforcement of its content standards. The platform says that it will not tolerate threats of violence and banned Trump based on vague assertions that he violated the posting rules.
Iranian government accounts on Twitter regularly promote violence against the U.S., Israel, individuals in both governments, and Jews as a group.
House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) asked how a policy that says users may not threaten violence against individuals or groups could allow the world’s leading state sponsor of terror to threaten to kill the former president. He called on Twitter to remove the threatening tweet and follow its policies in the future.
Critics in Congress and conservative Americans have called Twitter out to maintain a double standard on policing objectionable content. They claim the platform is biased against conservatives and targets accounts that post right-leaning content and factual material harmful to Democratic politicians or the corporate media at large.
Jack Dorsey founded Twitter and recently resigned as the company’s CEO. In interviews, he has said that he understands that conservatives often “don’t feel safe” in expressing their opinions on the platform.
Last year, House Republicans introduced a bill prohibiting American social media platforms from providing accounts to listed terrorist organizations. That bill was attached to more comprehensive legislation designed to limit violent online conduct but did not pass.