TWITTER POLL: Majority believe Iran’s supreme leader should be banned from Twitter

Twitter has removed a tweet by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that questioned the COVID-19 vaccines from the US and the UK. (File/AFP)
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Updated 12 January 2021

TWITTER POLL: Majority believe Iran’s supreme leader should be banned from Twitter

TWITTER POLL: Majority believe Iran’s supreme leader should be banned from Twitter

DUBAI: Iran’s supreme leader should be banned from Twitter, respondents to an Arab News poll said.
Of the 1,091 votes, 66.9 percent of Twitter poll said they supported a ban.
The poll comes just days after the social networking site suspended Donald Trump’s account indefinitely amid fears he would incite further violence in the US capital in the lead up to Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Twitter previously removed individual tweets that Trump wrote claiming electoral fraud without any evidence.  


Meanwhile Twitter has also removed a tweet by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that questioned the COVID-19 vaccines from the US and the UK.
His tweet followed a ban on importing the vaccines from the two countries into Iran, with Khamenei saying they were “completely untrustworthy.”
“The import of American and British vaccines is prohibited… It is not unlikely they would want to contaminate other nations,” the Iranian leader said in a speech, which was also posted on Twitter.
He also said: “Given our experience with France’s HIV-tainted blood supplied, French vaccines aren’t trustworthy either.”
The tweet has since been taken down on Khamenei’s English and Arabic accounts, but is still available on his Persian account.
Twitter said the tweet violated the social media platform’s rules.


Twitter has recently been clamping down on accounts.
Earlier, the social media giant permanently cut off US President Donald Trump’s personal account and access to his nearly 90 million followers late on Friday, citing the risk of further incitement of violence, three days after Trump called on thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol as Congress met to certify his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden.
Twitter has long resisted pressure to suspend Trump’s account. But after a “close review” of the president’s recent tweets, the company said on Friday evening it “had permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Trump later used the official @POTUS government to lash out at Twitter, addressing the 75 million “great patriots” who voted for him: “We will not be SILENCED!” Trump said he was considering building his own social media platform.
Twitter quickly deleted those posts and soon after suspended the Trump campaign account.

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No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’

No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’
Updated 20 January 2021

No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’

No-go for Joe Exotic: Donald Trump’s pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’
  • Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison
OKLAHOMA CITY: One name missing in President Donald Trump’s flurry of pardons is “Tiger King” Joe Exotic.
His team was so confident in a pardon that they’d readied a celebratory limousine and a hair and wardrobe team to whisk away the zookeeper-turned-reality-TV-star, who is now serving a 22-year federal prison sentence in Texas. But he wasn’t on the list announced Wednesday morning.
Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison for violating federal wildlife laws and for his role in a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his chief rival, Carole Baskin, who runs a rescue sanctuary for big cats in Florida. Baskin was not harmed.
Maldonado-Passage, who has maintained his innocence, was also sentenced for killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife records. A jury convicted him in April 2019.
In his pardon application filed in September, Maldonado-Passage’s attorneys argued that he was “railroaded and betrayed” by others. Maldonado-Passage, 57, is scheduled to be released from custody in 2037, but his attorneys said in the application that “he will likely die in prison” because of health concerns.
Maldonado-Passage’s legal team did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Wednesday.
The blond mullet-wearing zookeeper, known for his expletive-laden rants on YouTube and a failed 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial campaign, was prominently featured in the popular Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”