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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Instagram Announces Plans To Remove Posts That Endorse Iranian General Killed

Instagram Announces Plans To Remove Posts That Endorse Iranian General Killed

Facebook and Twitter are blocked in Iran because they are American companies and are believed to spread American interests but some Iranians use VPNs to access those pages.

Instagram is available in the country, but now Facebook has announced that Instagram must comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran, contributing to the Iranian government's outrage.

Social media network, Instagram and its parent company, Facebook has announced that they will remove posts that endorse or give credence to the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in order to comply with stringent U.S. sanctions against the regime in Iran.

Instagram removed Soleimani's account last April after the US State Department classified the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps, led by Soleimani as a terrorist organization, and has now taken new steps to stop the posting on the site of anti-USor pro-Soleimani propaganda.

Instagram is one of the few outlets of western social media not blocked in Iran.

Facebook and Twitter are blocked in Iran because they are American companies and are believed to spread American interests, but some Iranians access these sites using VPNs, but Instagram is available in the country, but now Facebook has announced that Instagram must comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran, which will lead to uproar from the Iranian government.

The Iranian government has called for national legal action against Instagram in protest, with Iran's government spokesman, Ali Rabiei, claiming in a tweet that the acts of Instagram are "undemocratic." "We work under US sanctions laws, including those relating to IRGC classification by the U.S. government and its leadership," a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement.

The Facebook statement comes after Iranian soccer player Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who has a verified Instagram account, shared Soleimani's photo after his death, which was removed by Instagram.

Instagram says posts that support terrorist groups or give credence to their activities or their members are not allowed on the platform


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