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Twitter suspends fake accounts defaming Khashoggi

October 20, 2018 at 11:32 am

Twitter has suspended a number of fake accounts used to defame the case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, TechSpot reported on Friday.

So much for Freedom of Expression in Saudi Arabia – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

“Twitter has suspended a number of bot accounts that were tweeting pro-Saudi messages in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance,” TechSpot wrote. It added: “Many of the tweets contained hashtags supporting Saudi leader Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and asked people to question reports over the incident”.

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TechSpot explained that NBC News had “presented the site with a spreadsheet compiled by IT professional Josh Russell that showed hundreds of accounts tweeting and re-tweeting the same pro-Saudi government posts at the same time”.

“Many used the hashtag #We_all_trust_Mohammad_Bin_Salman, along with another that translated as “unfollow enemies of the nation”, the website added.