(JustPatriots.com)- Amid demonstrations in Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini, Facebook’s oversight board has announced a review of the social media company’s choice to remove a post asking for the death of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other Iranian authorities.
The 22-year-old Amini passed away in a hospital last month after spending time in police custody for allegedly breaking the nation’s modesty standards by improperly donning a headscarf.
Board representatives included a tweet from July that showed a parody of Iran’s supreme leader holding a “lady wearing the hijab” in his beard in their announcement this week.
According to reports, the graphic caption referred to Khamenei as a “filthy leader” and demanded the overthrow of the “anti-women Islamic administration.”
Facebook purportedly deleted the message as a result of it inciting violence against a political figure, but it was later put back online in August after executives decided to evaluate their actions.
The board noted in its announcement that it prioritizes cases that “have the potential to affect many users around the world, are of essential relevance to public discourse or pose serious questions regarding Meta’s rules” because it cannot hear every appeal.
The board’s probe was announced this week in response to reports from the parent firms of Facebook and Instagram that Iranian regime agents had infiltrated their platforms and were filtering content to be unfavorable to the regime.
Iranians protested in the streets after learning of Amini’s passing, yelling, “Death to Dictator,” “Death to Khamenei,” and “Women, Life, Freedom.”
Security forces and the Islamic Basij police, who reportedly battered, arrested, and killed people on the streets, have been deployed by Iranian authorities.
On Monday, Khamenei renewed the calls for harsh crackdowns against Iranian citizens in a speech to Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) personnel. He claimed that American and Israeli forces had supported the protesters. Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran, also urged the demonstrators to stop their anti-regime activities while threatening them with dire repercussions.
Iranian Americans living in the United States and human rights organizations have urged social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and many more to find a way around the internet blackout so that Iranians can continue to publish their anti-regime images and slogans unhindered.
There have been rumors that Iranian spies working for Facebook and Meta, the parent firm, screen anti-regime content and even block users who criticize the ayatollahs.
These allegations are said to have been made by former workers at Meta and Facebook. Congressmen have requested Facebook executives to reply to these reports.