Run for the hills, everyone! Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has just declared that the coronavirus vaccines made in the U.S., France, and U.K. are prohibited in Iran because the two countries are in on a conspiracy to contaminate the world! Never mind that the country is experiencing a huge amount of COVID-19 cases. The lives of Iranians be damned! From The Guardian:
““Imports of US and British vaccines into the country are forbidden … They’re completely untrustworthy,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a live televised speech.
It’s not unlikely they would want to contaminate other nations.“Given our experience with France’s HIV-tainted blood supplies, French vaccines aren’t trustworthy either,” he added, referring to France’s contaminated blood scandal of the 1980s and 1990s.”
The odd thing is that Khamenei also posted similar sentiments on his Twitter account which were subsequently removed. However, what is ironic is that the dictator of a country known to sponsor terrorism and calls for jihad against the United States gets to keep his Twitter and Facebook accounts while Donald Trump does not.
At one point, both companies had policies that essentially were that world leaders having accounts on their platforms would promote transparency. In the last few years, they have dumped that standard and now apply them in different cases.
Therefore, since the leader of a country that sponsors terrorism against the very country where Facebook and Twitter are based gets to keep his social media accounts, can even post messages supporting violence and hostility to vaccines, demonstrates Twitter and Facebook’s lack of credibility when applying their integrity standards. Then again, taking into account the politics of where Twitter and Facebook are located (Soviet Valley), their selective outrage is not surprising.
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