September 20, 2019

Newsy Today

Twitter removes thousands of accounts related to foreign powers

Twitter announces Friday that it has removed several thousand accounts linked to foreign governments. They are accused of spreading false information about the social network.

"In keeping with our handling policy on our platform, we have permanently suspended all these accounts," said the social network. He said he had removed 267 Emirati and Egyptian accounts, 259 Spanish accounts linked to the Popular Party (conservative), 1019 Ecuadorian accounts and 6 Saudi accounts.

These deletions are in addition to more than 200,000 Chinese accounts whose social network has already announced the suspension in August.

The 267 Emirati and Egyptian accounts were involved in "a disinformation operation targeting Qatar and other countries such as Iran". These accounts, which had been "created and managed" by Dot Dev, a technology company based in these two countries, "amplified messages of support to the Saudi government." Twitter has also suspended 4258 fictitious accounts still coming from the United Arab Emirates. They were spreading false information about the war in Yemen, where Ryad, the Saudi capital, has been operating since 2015 at the head of a coalition in support of power against rebels backed by Tehran, the Iranian capital.

Six accounts related to Saudi state media were also deactivated for "their coordinated efforts to amplify messages of benefit to the Saudi government". In addition, the account of Saud al-Qahtani, former adviser to Mohammed Ben Salmane (Crown Prince in the Royal Court of Arabia) and already inadmissible to the United States, was suspended.

The 259 fake accounts run by the Spanish Popular Party "Spammed or retweeted to increase mobilization", that is, they sent unsolicited messages or relayed them on their own accounts.

The 1019 Ecuadorian accounts were linked to Alianza País, the ruling political coalition. They "focused on issues related to Ecuadorian laws on freedom of expression, government censorship and technology."