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Twitter suspends Saud al-Qahtani and deletes Egyptian and UAE accounts attacking Qatar and Iran

2019-09-20T12:05:29.617Z



Twitter deleted a group of 267 accounts from the UAE and Egypt for engaging in a "cross-media campaign" targeting Qatar and Iran, as commented the account of the former adviser to the Royal Court Saud al-Qahtani.

Tuter said it was the time of accounts run by a private company called Dotdev that identified itself as "a specialized software company based in Abu Dhabi". The company has another branch in Egypt.

These accounts are attacking Qatar and Iran, while sending messages of support to Saudi Arabia.

Twitter also deleted a larger network of 4,258 accounts it said were run exclusively from the UAE, used fake names, and posted tweets mostly about Qatar and Yemen. The company did not identify an entity responsible for the network.

In the context of Twitter commented on Friday the account of former adviser to the Royal Court Saud al-Qahtani, about a year after his dismissal on suspicion of involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who worked for the Washington Post.

Al-Qahtani, who is close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ran the media monitoring center at the royal court and oversaw an electronic army entrusted with protecting the kingdom's image and attacking those believed to be its enemies on the Internet.

Al-Qahtani has not posted any tweets since October 22, shortly after he was fired, but sources told Reuters he had continued to exert a great deal of influence behind the scenes.

Although the Saudi attorney general said al-Qahtani was involved in a plan to bring Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, officials declined to say whether he had been arrested. Sources said he was not among those on trial for the killing of Khashoggi.

Source: aljazeera

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