A Twitter spokesman told the Associated Press that the tweet had violated the company's "abusive behaviour policy" and its "manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts", without elaborating.
The @Khamenei_site account had 8,000 followers while another Twitter account linked to the supreme leader, 2Khamenei_ir, has 880,000 followers and remains active, according to Atlantic Council IranSource Editor Holly Dagres. Even then, Twitter only suspended the account and did not delete it. It frequently posted excerpts from his speeches and other official content.More news: Kenney issues letter to Trudeau, calling for action on Keystone XL
Khamenei's @Khamenei-fa account and his main Twitter account in English, which did not carry the golfer image tweet, were still operational.
Earlier this month, Facebook and Twitter cut off Trump from their platforms for allegedly inciting the assault on the U.S. Capitol, an unprecedented step that underscored the enormous power of tech giants in regulating speech on their platforms. The text and graphic of the tweet later carried by Khamenei's official website (farsi.khamenei.ir) was also widely quoted by Iranian media. The accompanying message threatened vengeance for the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, whose assassination Mr Trump ordered in a United States drone strike in Iraq last January.
In his speech, Khamenei did not call out Mr. Trump by name, but reiterated a vow for vengeance against those who ordered and executed the attack on Soleimani. "Both the murderers and those who ordered it should know that revenge may come at any time".More news: 'No Time to Die' delayed once again amid pandemic
Twitter was the first social media platform to ban Donald Trump in the wake of the events that rocked the US Capitol on 6 January, saying he violated its rules by "inciting violence".
Twitter has suspended the account, which the company has determined was a fake and not connected to the actual leader of Iran, over the tweet, which appeared to include an aerial shot of Trump golfing.
Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, had claimed that virus vaccines imported from the USA or Britain were "completely untrustworthy".More news: Keeping Up With The Kardashians to feature Kim, Kanye`s marriage issues