Twitter has reportedly suspended or removed thousands of accounts belonging to Middle East governments. Out of which one belongs to the former Saudi royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani who is suspected of being involved in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi who was a Saudi journalist and a Washington Post columnist.
The Twitter account linking to the top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had over 1.35 million followers and had been dormant for a year has been suspended due to “violations of the platform manipulation policies”, as said by Twitter in an article.
Al-Qahtani was dismissed from the position due to allegations of involvement in the murder of the Khashoggi – and kept under investigation and barred from leaving the kingdom, as said by the prosecutors.
The former royal adviser has also been accused of being involved in the alleged torture of a jailed women’s rights activist in the country.
Twitter also announced it was also suspending six accounts linked to Saudi state media that represented themselves as independent but amplified “messaging that was beneficial to the Saudi government.”
A separate network of 267 accounts originating in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were also suspended. Twitter said the accounts were operated by a company called DotDev, and primarily targeted countries like Qatar and Iran.
The social media platform also suspended an additional 4,258 fake accounts from the UAE which were tweeting about issues such as the civil war in Yemen.
ⓘ Source: CNN