New Delhi, December 21
Twitter had suspended 88,000 accounts linked to a manipulation effort stemming from Saudi Arabia, in the latest crackdown on state-sponsored propaganda efforts. The social network said some 88,000 accounts being blocked were linked to Saudi state-backed “information operations” in violation of Twitter’s platform manipulation rules.
Most of the accounts were in Arabic and aimed at “amplifying messages favorable to Saudi authorities”, but that some English language content was aimed at “Western audiences”. “Our internal analysis shows the network was involved in various forms of platform manipulation, targeting discussions related to Saudi Arabia and advancing their geopolitical interests on the world stage,” the Twitter safety team said in a blogpost.
Twitter said it released details on 5,929 accounts which it called a “representative sample” of the 88,000 suspicious accounts. Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia.