WASHINGTON — A week after the U.S. sanctioned Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, raising the prospect of him losing access to U.S. social media platforms, U.S. officials and tech companies are mum on the issue.
When asked again about Zarif’s use of U.S. social media at Thursday’s State Department press briefing, spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told a VOA Persian correspondent: “I think he is still tweeting.
Iran uses digital filters to block people from using Twitter and other Western social media platforms and messaging services, but it allows the use of Instagram.
In a sign of Congressional interest in the issue of Zarif’s use of U.S. social media, Republican House member Lee Zeldin posted a Tuesday tweet saying he also believes Zarif’s accounts should be blocked.
Many U.S. sanctions programs carve out exceptions for designated people to engage in various types of information sharing, such as those involving noncommercial social media expression, news reports, books, articles and movies.