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Posted On: 2 April 2020 05:20 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:21 pm

Twitter takes down thousands of accounts linked to Egypt, Saudi Arabia over spreading misinformation about Qatar -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 146

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Have you missed the most important political stories of this week on the GCC crisis? Scroll all the way down to get the updates on the latest developments in the ongoing Gulf crisis.

2 April 2020

Twitter takes down thousands of accounts linked to Egypt, Saudi Arabia for spreading misinformation against Qatar

Thousands of Twitter accounts linked to Egypt, Honduras, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Serbia have been taken down by Twitter on Thursday for either taking directions from the governments or promoting pro-government content. These behaviors are in violation of our policies and are a targeted attempt to undermine the public conversation.

Twitter removed 2,541 accounts in the Egypt-based El Fagr network because it created fake accounts to amplify messages critical of Iran, Qatar, and Turkey.

Social media companies like Twitter and others are under pressure to clean up misinformation and hateful content on their platforms. In this regard, Twitter also removed a total of 5,350 accounts associated with Saudi Arabia and were operating out of multiple countries including KSA, Egypt and UAE. Those accounts were amplifying content praising Saudi leadership, and critical of Qatar and Turkish activity in Yemen.

Furthermore, an investigation that followed a report by investigative website Bellingcat on an Indonesian information operation targeting the West Papuan independence movement resulted in the removal of 795 fake accounts. A total of 8,558 accounts working to promote Serbia’s ruling party and its leader was also removed.

31 March 2020

Qatar Denounces Accusations of Interference in War in Yemen

The State of Qatar condemned the false accusations made by Moammar Al Eryani regarding the political and media support of the Houthi movement.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that everyone knows who are the parties to the conflict in Yemen and they are the parties that continue to stoke the human tragedy of the brotherly Yemeni people, adding that it was better for Al Eryani to direct his media energies to invite the regional powers involved in this war to uphold the interest of the Yemeni people and stop this conflict that has become absurd by seriously engaging in a political track within the frameworks of international legitimacy and related resolutions.

29 March 2020

Al-Arab: Qatar Will Remain Loyal to the GCC

Qatari newspaper Al-Arab underlined in its editorial on Sunday the openness foreign approach adopted by the State of Qatar under the leadership of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, in line with its strategy aiming at building strong relationships with the international community, but it will always remain loyal, belonging and committed to the one Gulf Cooperation Council, reported QNA.

Doha, in its firm policy and well-established principles, would never involve people in political disputes. This has been evident since the beginning of the blockade crisis on June 5, 2017. All state bodies have dealt with the Gulf brothers in the country in accordance with the moral and humanitarian imperatives and has never responded reciprocity, Al-Arab said.

In this regard, the newspaper hailed the statement of the Government Communications Office on Qatar's decision to host 31 Bahraini citizens who got stuck at Hamad Airport after Manama refused to receive them. Qatar offered to fly the Bahraini citizens on a private charter flight to Bahrain at no expense to the government of Bahrain or the individuals, but the Bahraini authorities declined this option. The Bahrainis will enter the quarantine in a hotel for 14 days, and it was decided to host them for a longer period if Manama did not facilitate their transfer.

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(Cover photo credit: AFP)