President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vows tighter control over "immoral" social media following alleged insults to his daughter and son-in-law when they announced the birth of their fourth son on Twitter. Erdoğan specifically mentioned Twitter, YouTube and Netflix. Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu announced the arrest of a number of social media users for "insulting tweets".
At a Friday sermon by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his first in eight years, he defends the Revolutionary Guards’ accidental killing of passengers onboard Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 and praises Operation Martyr Soleimani for giving a “slap on the face” to the United States. His sermon comes as public anger mounts against the government for their handling of Flight 752.
President of the United States Barack Obama is falsely declared dead by the Twitter account of the U.S. broadcaster Fox News in a series of messages stating, "@BarackObama has just passed. The President is dead" and "BREAKING NEWS: @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much". Hackers are blamed though the messages remain online several hours later.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, describes the United States as an "atomic criminal", saying that religion prohibits the use of nuclear weapons (haram) and calls for the US to be expelled from the international nuclear system.