Instagram Blocks Iran Revolutionary Guard Pages After US Terror Listing

Zero Hedge | 4/16/2019 | Staff
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Instagram has begun blocking pages belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) following the organization's official listing as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization”, or FTO on Monday.

The commander of the IRGC's elite Quds force, Qassem Soleimani, finally had his page blocked following this week's designation. He had maintained the account for two-and-a-half years, for which he frequently posted anti-American political messages and threats. And the IRGC's official page was also blocked, which had nearly 1 million subscribers.

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Interestingly Instagram had never previously moved to permanently shut down Soleimani's account despite him being individually designated a foreign terrorists by the US Treasury all the way back in 2011, though it had been temporarily blocked several times in the past for violating the platform's rules.

Among a number of prior threatening images, Gen. Soleimani had last year posted an artistic rendering of himself standing in front the White House, depicted as on fire after an explosion.

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Neither the post nor himself were blocked following a number of media outlets highlighting the threatening image at the time.

The above image post appeared on the following account authenticated as Gen. Soleimani’s by MEMRI: His handle is @sardar_haj_ghasemsoleimani; he first starting posting to the account in July 2016. later gaining over 100,000 followers. His account bio stated: “Major General in Iranian Army, IRGC and commander of Qods Force since...
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