Dec 20, 2019

Twitter removes thousands of Saudi 'state-backed' accounts

Twitter has banned almost 6,000 accounts for being part of an alleged state-backed information operation originating in Saudi Arabia. Twitter said they were part of a larger network of more than 88,000 accounts engaging in "Spammy behaviour" on a "Wide range of topics". "Primarily, accounts were amplifying messages favourable to Saudi authorities, mainly through inauthentic engagement tactics such as aggressive liking, retweeting and replying," the platform said in its post. Twitter believe the "Co-ordinated" activity can be traced to a social media marketing company called Smaat based in Saudi Arabia. The bans follow an announcement by Twitter in September that seven Saudi accounts, including that of a former royal adviser, had been banned for similar alleged behaviour.

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