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Facebook and Instagram accounts of supreme leader Khamenei removed, Iran slams the move

Iran

has denounced US tech giant Meta’s decision to remove the

Facebook

and

Instagram

accounts of its supreme leader

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

. The country has termed this a “violation of freedom of expression”. Facebook-parent

Meta

said last month that it had removed Khamenei’s accounts from Facebook and Instagram for having “repeatedly violated” its policy on “dangerous organisations and individuals”.

Meta’s move on February 8 came as Khamenei increasingly voiced support for Palestinian militant group Hamas and denounced Israel amid the war between the two sides in the Gaza Strip.
The Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that the blocking of account of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was “not only a violation of freedom of speech, but also an insult to millions of followers of his positions and news”.
“The mottos of freedom of expression by some Western claimants are hollow and showy slogans and a cover for their illegitimate political goals,” he told the Middle East Eye news outlet in remarks also published by Iran’s foreign ministry.

Khamenei, 84, has been the country’s supreme leader since 1989, a position that allows him the final say in major state policies. He had about five million followers on Instagram.
Instagram and Facebook use banned for Iranians
Instagram and Facebook are among the most popular social media platforms for Iranians despite the ban on them by the Iranian government. Also, while the government blocks their use, officials in the Islamic republic have accounts on them.
Similarly, despite the Iranian government’s ban on Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms including X, internet users in the Islamic republic can still access them using virtual private networks, or VPNs.