Senator requires criminal examination into Twitter over Iran sanctions

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Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday sent out a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requiring a criminal examination into Twitter. Cruz declares that the social networks platform is “willfully violating American sanctions on Iran” by permitting Iranian leaders to keep accounts on Twitter. 

The news was earlier report by Axios.

In February, Cruz and other senators sent out a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asking him to stop supplying social networks services to Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The senators declared that permitting the Iranian leaders to hold Twitter accounts broken sanctions forbiding American business from supplying items and services to Khamenei and his workplace.

In the letter Friday, Cruz required the Department of Treasury and Department of Justice to examine Twitter.

“When a company willfully and openly violates the law after receiving formal notice that it is unlawfully supporting designated individuals, the federal government should take action,” checks out the letter. “The cohesion and legitimacy of our laws rest on their equal application to all citizens and entities, no matter how large or how powerful.”

Twitter decreased to comment. 

The letter from Cruz comes as Twitter is secured a  prominent battle with President Donald Trump. On Thursday, Trump signed an executive order that intends to reduce legal securities that protect Facebook, Twitter and other online business from liability for content published by its users.


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