Ted Cruz Puts Twitter And China Policy Changes In Their Proper Perspective

Written by Wes Walker on June 2, 2020

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The wrongful death story of George Floyd is the BIG national story, but it is by no means the only story. Ted Cruz recently sat down with Michael Knowles to shine a light on what has been going on with both China and with the changes coming to social media.

Not mentioned in that story interview (and probably happening after the recording), Ted Cruz also recently brought to light another story involving Twitter that’s been lost in the shuffle: in allowing Iranian leaders to have a platform on Twitter, are they violating Sanctions against Iran?

In a letter on Friday to Attorney General William Barr and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, Cruz centered on the accounts of Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

Twitter allows top Iranian leaders to have accounts on its platform, which Cruz said violates sanctions in place to prevent providing services or goods to that nation’s officials. Twitter is blocked in Iran.

“The cohesion and legitimacy of our laws rest on their equal application to all citizens and entities, no matter how large or how powerful,” Cruz wrote. “The Department of Treasury and the Department of Justice should investigate what appears to be Twitter’s blatant and willful violation of IEEPA and E.O. 13876 by providing services to Khamenei, Zarif, and other designated Iranian entities, and, to the extent appropriate, enforce any violation through sanctions and by seeking civil and criminal penalties.” — Bongino