U.S. lawmaker accuses Twitter of violating presidential sanctions order by allowing Iranian leader to have accounts

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been asked to stop providing social media services to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Saeed Ali Khamenei, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif,media reported. In a letter released Friday, U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton and Martha Blackburn told Dorsey that allowing the leaders to hold Twitter accounts violated President Trump’s Executive Order issued in June 2019.

U.S. lawmaker accuses Twitter of violating presidential sanctions order by allowing Iranian leader to have accounts

The order prohibits Americans from supplying goods and services to Khamenei and his office.

The senators noted that Twitter was aware of the existence of Khamenei and Zarif’s accounts and their ties to the Iranian regime, but continued to provide Internet communications.

“While the First Amendment protects Americans’ right to free speech … But not protected by the U.S. Bill of Rights. “The Ayatollah and any U.S. company that provides assistance to it must comply fully with U.S. sanctions laws. “

Twitter declined to comment on the situation.