Twitter has removed thousands of accounts in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Indonesia, and Serbia. All these accounts were removed from government content. All the social media companies are under pressure as they have so much misinformation content on their platform.
Twitter removes thousands of accounts linked to Saudi Arabia, Egypt And other countries
A tech firm, from San Francisco, posted a tweet, and said,
“We removed 2,541 accounts in an Egypt-based network, known as the El Fagr network.”
“The media group created inauthentic accounts to amplify messaging critical of Iran, Qatar and Turkey. Information we gained externally indicates it was taking direction from the Egyptian government.”
Check out the tweet:
We removed 2,541 accounts in an Egypt-based network, known as the El Fagr network.The media group created inauthentic accounts to amplify messaging critical of Iran, Qatar and Turkey. Information we gained externally indicates it was taking direction from the Egyptian government.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 2, 2020
Online managing editor Mina Salah vehemently replied.
“Yes we are loyal to the state but we don’t receive instructions from anyone. We’re merely defending our country and its position is clear vis-a-vis Iran, Qatar and Turkey.”
He also said, Twitter was controlling the newspaper’s content, and the journalists were banned for creating new personal accounts.
Twitter, has also deleted 5,350 accounts from Saudi Arabia for, “amplifying content celebrating Saudi leadership.”
The Rights groups have attacked the conservative kingdom because of spying on critical online users.
All the Saudi linked accounts were out of the kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. Twitter’s middle east headquarters is in UAE and also in Egypt.
After further investigation, Twitter also removed the accounts in Honduras who has pro-government content. In Serbia, they were promoting the ruling party and its leader. All the Indonesian accounts have information targeting West Papuan independence.
Earlier, Twitter removed two Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s tweets and questioned quarantine measures.