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FCC staffer slams Twitter for letting Ayatollah Khamenei tweet — but not The Post

FCC staffer slams Twitter for letting Ayatollah Khamenei tweet — but not The Post

A top Federal Communications Commission staffer blasted Twitter for freezing The Post’s Twitter account in the wake of its exposé on Hunter Biden’s e-mails — while Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is still free to fire off tweets.

The dictator — who once called for the destruction of Israel on the social media site — has posted at least six tweets since Wednesday, when The Post’s account was blocked, FCC Chief of Staff Matthew Berry noted.

“Who gets access to their Twitter account?” Berry wrote on Twitter Saturday.

He added a check mark next to “Supreme Leader of Iran” and a cross mark beside “New York Post.”

Twitter has refused to unlock The Post’s account unless the news organization deletes six tweets about its own reporting on Joe Biden’s son.

That’s despite Twitter changing its policy on Thursday night and allowing other users to tweet the very same links, following outrage over the social-media suppression of the stories.

In the four days The Post’s account was locked, Khamenei was tweeting away, including a message Wednesday calling Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon a “butcher” and a “wolf in human skin.”

“The US backed him and never said ‘terrorism is bad.’ They’re not against terrorism. They have other purposes,” Khamenei wrote in that same tweet.

The leader of the Middle Eastern regime has previously pushed holocaust-denial on the website.

He has also shared missives calling Israel a “deadly, cancerous growth” to be “uprooted and destroyed” — all going unchecked by Twitter, which said the hateful screed did not violate their policies.

The social media giant has variously said The Post’s story, which relied on emails obtained from a computer-repair person who found them on a laptop, violated its policies on hacking and on displaying private information like email addresses and phone numbers without a person’s permission.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
AP

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday night called it “unacceptable” that his site blocked users from sharing links to the story without providing a clear message as to why it was taking the action.

The move drew explosive backlash, including from some Republican lawmakers, who said Twitter was biased against conservatives and charged that the censorship decision could amount to election interference.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to haul Dorsey in to testify about the saga Friday.

The FCC has also announced plans to “clarify the meaning” of a law that protects tech giants from being held responsible for content posted by their users post.

GOP lawmakers and President Trump have cited the tech giants’ censorship of The Post in calls for reform of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a 1996 landmark federal law that acts as a legal shield for online platforms from material posted by their users, allowing them to be treated more like publishers.

Supporters of reforming the law say tech giants should lose protections if they operate as a publisher rather than as a neutral platform.

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