According to foreign media Axios, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Texas Republican) called for a criminal investigation into Twitter alleged violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran in a letter to the Justice Department and the Treasury Department on Friday.important reason: president trump has lashed out at Twitter because he has been added fact verification and warning labels to his misleading and inflammatory tweets published in recent days. The letter cast another shadow over the tech firm's plight in washington.
Details:Cruz asked Bill bar, the attorney general, and Steven mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary, to investigate Twitter's permission for Iranian leaders to keep accounts on their services to see if it violated the U.S. ban on U.S. companies from providing goods or services to senior Iranian officials.
"I think the main goal of the [international emergency economic power act] and sanctions should be to change the behaviour of designated individuals and regimes, not US companies," Cruz wrote. But when a company receives a formal notice that it illegally supports a designated individual and knowingly violates the law, the federal government should take action. "
General situation:Twitter said that while some people think it's offensive for politicians to appear on their platforms, it believes it's in the public interest.
On Friday, local time, the company tweeted trump about the Minneapolis protests, warning labels and saying it violated the "glorify violence" rule.
prominent conservatives, such as the white house and Ajit Pai, chairman of the federal communications commission (FCC), question why Twitter did not put a similar label on the tweets of iranian supreme leader ayatollah ali khamenei.
Background:He led the Republican senator to a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in February calling on the company to ban Iranian leaders' accounts. The senators suggested that supporting the existence of such accounts could violate U.S. sanctions.
Twitter responded in April, saying its services were not affected by sanctions and that public dialogue on the platform was crucial during the new coronavirus pandemic.
"The fundamental values of openness, free expression, public accountability and mutual understanding are now more important than ever," said Vijaya, Twitter's head of law, public policy and trust and security "Regardless of the political agenda of a particular nation-state, refusing to serve their leaders at such a time is contrary to our company's purpose, which is to serve the global public dialogue," gadde wrote
Twitter declined to comment on Cruz's new letter.