The Iranian government has filed a nationwide lawsuit against Instagram in protest, even creating a portal on a government website for users of the app to submit examples of posts removed by the company, state media said.
Instagram is one of the few western social media platforms that is not blocked in Iran. Facebook and Twitter are blocked, but some Iranians access these sites using VPNs.
In a tweetIran's government spokesman Ali Rabiei called Instagram's actions "undemocratic." Instagram close Soleimani's own account on the platform last April, after the US government designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. Soleimani was an IRGC commander.
"We operate under US sanctions laws, including those related to the US government's designation of the IRGC and its leadership," a Facebook spokesman said in a statement.
Iranian soccer player Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who has a verified Instagram account, posted a photo of Soleimani after his death. Jahanbakhsh said Instagram has removed this post.
The details of the falls were previously reported by Coda Story.
As part of its compliance with US law, the Facebook spokesman said the company removes accounts run by or on behalf of sanctioned people and organizations.
It also removes posts recommending the actions of sanctioned parties and individuals and seeks to further assist their actions, the spokesman said, adding that Facebook has an appeals process if users feel that their posts have been mistakenly removed.
CNN Business approached Twitter and Google to comment on how they handle content related to people sanctioned by the US government.
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