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Twitter Suspends Account Linked to Iran’s Supreme Leader for Violent Message, but Official Account Remains Intact

The Supreme Leader’s official account  @Khamenei_ir  is still alive and well.



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On Friday, a Twitter account linked to by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had a message for former President Trump. The posted tweet was of a photograph of a golfer resembling Trump, wearing a red shirt and an ominous approaching shadow from above. According to a translation by Reuters, the text accompanying the photo read, “Those who ordered the murder of General Soleimani, as well as those who carried this out, should be punished. This revenge will certainly happen at the right time.”

In perhaps an attempt to ‘save face’ after banishing Trump from Twitter just days before the end of his presidency, Twitter suspended the Ayatollah’s account. Before accolades start flying for Twitter’s bravery and taking a stand for morality, it must be noted that the organization had received immense pressure to suspend the Supreme Leader long before Friday’s tweet.

Would Khamenei have experienced the same treatment had Twitter not risked looking severely biased and hypocritical for just having suspended President Trump if they didn’t? We have a pretty good idea. “Requests to ban Khamenei from Twitter for posts that called for the eradication of Israel were rejected by Jack Dorsey last year” reports Mediate. His reasoning? Because he believed world leaders should be heard.

“We believe it’s important for everyone to hear from global leaders, and we have policies around world leaders,” said Dorsey. “We want to make sure we are respecting their right to speak and to publish what they need.” Fast forward to January of 2021 and suddenly Dorsey’s moral compass had changed.

Some confusion, however, still stands surrounding Khamenei being silenced at all. The Twitter account suspended was @Khemeinei_site. Washington Post foreign affairs reporter Adam Taylor followed the incident and posted a string of updates on the matter. “Uncertain to me whether this account was actually run by the Supreme Leader but it was linked to by his official accounts” he tweeted. “Still not clear to what extent @khamenei_site was official, but worth noting the image on Khamenei’s English language homepage right now” another tweet read. The English site still had up the very same image with the text “REVENGE IS DEFINITE.”

Some users suggested Twitter only suspended the account because it was a fake account. Taylor tweeted to clarify, saying, “Looks like Twitter says @khamenei_site was not official, though it appears to have had some official backing from Khamenei’s main accounts.”

So, in summary, did Twitter even suspend the Ayatollah at all? The Supreme Leader’s official account  @Khamenei_ir  is still alive and well.

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  1. Michael

    January 25, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    this is just one more audacious example of hypocrisy, such continuing deceit less than clozked

  2. Tom

    January 25, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Since Twitter gets Government cover in Section 230, perhaps the Government should announce support or at least tax incentives for startup competitors so Twitter isn’t the only bird chirping in the tree. We need a half dozen or more competitors in that space. Also, break up Twitter so they don’t control both the service and the server farm.

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Chris Cuomo Forced Out Of SiriusXM After CNN Firing – Report



Chris Cuomo

On Monday, ex-CNN host Chris Cuomo announced that he had resigned from his SiriusXM radio show just days after being fired from CNN over his deep involvement with the handling of sexual assault allegations against his brother ex-Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo.

“The way my time ended at CNN is hard,” he said in a statement. “While I have a thick skin, I also have a family, for whom the past week has been extraordinarily difficult. So, right now, I have to take a step back and focus on what comes next. That means I will no longer be doing my SiriusXM radio show. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from SiriusXM throughout my time there. I also want to express my sincere appreciation for my loyal listeners. I will miss our conversations a great deal – but I look forward to being back in touch with you all in the future.”


“Following Chris Cuomo’s statement that he is leaving his SiriusXM show, Let’s Get After It will no longer air. We thank Chris for his work at SiriusXM,” a SiriusXM spokesperson said in a statement.

According to the New York Post, a source said that Cuomo was “forced out” of Sirius after “a former female colleague at ABC News accused him of sexual misconduct.”

“Cuomo ‘really wanted’ to stay on Sirius but was told he needed to leave,” the New York Post reported, adding, “A source familiar with the matter said of Cuomo, ‘He was asked to resign, which he did.’”

CNN also reportedly learned of a new accusation of sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo, unrelated to his brother, that led CNN to take “immediate action.”
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reported, “On Wednesday, Debra S. Katz, a prominent employment lawyer, informed CNN of a client with an allegation of sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo. Ms. Katz said in a statement on Saturday that the allegation against the anchor, which was made by a former junior colleague at another network, was ‘unrelated to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo matter.’”

When asked about the new allegation, a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement on Saturday night, “Based on the report we received regarding Chris’s conduct with his brother’s defense, we had cause to terminate. When new allegations came to us this week, we took them seriously, and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action.”

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Twitter Releases Redesigned Orange and Red ‘Misinformation’ Labels

Twitter is doubling down on letting you know when they think your internet behavior is uncouth




Twitter is doubling down on letting you know when they think your internet behavior is uncouth. Reportedly the company has been testing new labels since July, and “are an update from those Twitter used for election misinformation before and after the 2020 presidential contest” reports the Associated Press.

The new designs include added orange and red labels to “stand out” more than the old blue version, which blended with Twitter’s blue color scheme. However, the company was also cautious, as “its tests showed that if a label is too eye-catching, it leads to more people to retweet and reply to the original tweet.”

The AP writes those labels used in the presidential election “drew criticism for not doing enough to keep people from spreading obvious falsehoods.” Therefore the redesign will launch on Tuesday in hopes of being “easier to notice.”

The AP states experts say such labels are helpful to users and allow the big tech social media giants to “sidestep the more difficult work of content moderation – that is, deciding whether or not to remove posts, photos and videos that spread conspiracies and falsehoods.”

In its testing phase, Twitter said the redesigned labels showed a 17% increase in “click-through-rate” meaning more people would click on the labels to read the information debunking false or misleading tweets. “Misleading tweets that got the redesigned label – with an orange icon and the words ‘stay informed’ were also less likely to be retweeted or liked than those with the original labels.”

Twitter labels three types of misinformation: “manipulated media,” such as videos and audio believed to have been deceptively altered in ways that could cause real-world harm; election and voting-related misinformation and false or misleading tweets related to COVID-19.

The AP adds “tweets with more serious misinformation – for instance, a tweet claiming that vaccines cause autism – will get a stronger label, with the world ‘misleading’ and a red exclamation point. It won’t be possible to reply to, like or retweet these messages.”

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