Cruz requires prison investigation into Twitter for violating US sanctions on Iran

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, despatched a letter to Lawyer Basic Invoice Barr and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Friday, urging them to open a prison investigation into Twitter for violating sanctions on Iran.

Twitter’s platform permits Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Iranian Overseas Minister Javad Zarif to have social media accounts by the platform, which Cruz mentioned violates the Worldwide Emergency Financial Powers Act (IEEPA).

Cruz — together with Senators Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — despatched a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, explaining that Twitter, like all American corporations, is prohibited from offering “items or companies” to that nation’s prime officers underneath U.S. sanctions.

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“The Ayatollah and any American corporations offering him help are totally topic to U.S. Sanction legal guidelines,” the letter to Dorsey mentioned. “A Twitter account is a service.”

Cruz additional mentioned that the Iranian authorities doesn’t enable its residents to entry Twitter and that its leaders’ accounts are used solely to “propagandize to the world.”

Twitter responded to the senators’ warnings in a letter that mentioned the platform was a instrument of communication and due to this fact was “broadly exempted” from the Workplace of Overseas Belongings Management sanction legal guidelines.

“Basic values of openness, free expression, public accountability, and mutual understanding matter now greater than ever,” a Twitter spokesperson mentioned within the return letter.

“Whatever the political agenda of a specific nation state, to disclaim our service to their leaders at a time like this could be antithetical to the aim of our firm, which is to serve the worldwide public dialog.”

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Earlier this week Twitter flagged two tweets that President Donald Trump posted concerning mail-in ballots claiming that the upcoming presidential election can be “rigged.”

Twitter added hyperlinks to the underside of his posts that urged folks to “get the information” about mail-in voting.

This was the primary time Twitter decided that Trump’s tweets violated its insurance policies by offering doubtlessly deceptive info.

Twitter once more made headlines Friday, after they hid a tweet the president posted concerning riots in Minnesota that mentioned, “These THUGS are dishonoring the reminiscence of George Floyd, and I received’t let that occur. Simply spoke to Governor Tim Walz and informed him that the Army is with him all the way in which. Any problem and we’ll assume management however, when the looting begins, the taking pictures begins. Thanks!”

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Twitter added a disclaimer to the hidden put up that mentioned, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Guidelines about glorifying violence. Nevertheless, Twitter has decided that it could be within the public’s curiosity for the Tweet to stay accessible.”

The president’s tweet can nonetheless be accessed if a consumer clicks on it.

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Fee (FCC), posted tweets by Khamenei Friday, asking Twitter why they hadn’t additionally been flagged for “glorifying violence”.

Trump signed an govt order Thursday that goals to shift authorized protections social media corporations must protect in opposition to legal responsibility for content material posted on their platforms. Underneath the controversial new order, the FCC would as a substitute decide how Twitter can be regulated.

The order is anticipated to face authorized challenges.

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Twitter has not but commented on the latest letter despatched by GOP members of the Senate to the lawyer common and Treasury secretary.

Cruz couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.

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