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Instagram suspends accounts belonging to Iran’s Khamenei, IRGC leaders

The accounts were suspended a day after the IRGC was officially designated by the United States as a terrorist organization.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Instagram accounts of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force, were suspended Tuesday—a day after the IRGC was officially designated by the United States as a terrorist organization.

Instagram also suspended the accounts of IRGC commander-in-chief Mohammad Ali Jafari and Brig. Gen. Mohammed Pakpour, the commander of the IRGC’s ground forces.

Khamenei’s English account was suspended, though his Farsi one remains active.

The reason for the suspensions is unclear.

Instagram did not respond to a request for comment.

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