Meta removes Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei's Instagram accounts

February 09, 2024

Meta removed Instagram accounts belonging to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Thursday following months of pressure from pro-Israel groups. “We have removed these accounts for repeatedly violating our Dangerous Organizations & Individuals policy," a Meta spokesperson told Middle East Eye following the accounts' removal. Under the policy, Meta removes "organisations or individuals that proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence" from its platforms. Despite the ban, a number of Iranian officials - including Khamenei - have had accounts on the platforms. "Many thousands of Iranians, including myself, have had their Facebook and Instagram accounts suspended or deleted.