Iran launches campaign to stop social media censorship of iconic anti-terror General
Iran's Media Cultural Center has launched a campaign to counter Instagram and other US-based social media giants in their effort to censor the country's top anti-terror commander and icon, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in a US drone attack in Iraq two years ago.
The ‘Stop the Censorship’ campaign was launched by Tehran municipality’s Media Cultural Center with the aim of supporting the name and image of General Soleimani against censorship and other hostile actions by Instagram and other US social media platforms.
Under former US President Donald Trump’s order, the US military conducted an air operation on January 3, 2020, targeting General Soleimani near Baghdad International Airport after his arrival. The attack also killed the general’s companions, including Deputy Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Both commanders were highly popular because of the key role they played in eliminating the US-sponsored Daesh terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
The Media Cultural Center said in a report that the censorship scenario in social media platforms, especially those affiliated with the US-based Meta Inc., including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, was started by the Zionist leaders, exactly when millions of Iranians named General Soleimani a "national hero," and a "legend against terrorism and Daesh," and then began to share this with other users across the globe.
According to the report, the results of a survey by Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) showed that General Soleimani is popular with millions of Iranians.
As the survey said, his popularity had risen from 73% in 2016 to 82% in 2019, the truth that sponsors of cyber terrorism knew about and were aware of.
This issue became an excuse to keep the censorship scenario, which is not hidden from anyone and was featured by Mark Zuckerberg and Adam Souri, the CEOs and owners of Instagram and Meta, formerly known as Facebook.002