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The Islamic Republic has banned the use of Twitter for the people of Iran to prevent them from more effectively organizing their ongoing movement for democracy and human rights. Yet despite the Iranian people being banned from this critical global platform, officials of the country's regime including the "Supreme Leader" Ali Khamenei are active on Twitter.
Ali Khamenei's presence on Twitter is not only in and of itself an insult to the people of Iran who are silenced on Twitter, he uses the platform to promote violence and cover up the crimes of his brutal dictatorship.
Iranians human rights activists and Twitter users have long called on the Twitter leadership to take action to prevent this perpetrator of unspeakable crimes against humanity from promoting his genocidal, sexist, anti-LGBTQ, and inhumane views. They have refused.
In the aftermath of the decision to ban Donald Trump from Twitter, however, the company's leadership no longer has an excuse to provide a platform to this murderous dictator and his propaganda.
Twitter must act and #BanKhamenei.