WORLD Twitter removes thousands of accounts allegedly linked to Saudi Arabia

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Twitter removes thousands of accounts allegedly linked to Saudi Arabia

Xinhua

19:57, December 21, 2019

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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Twitter has removed 5,929 accounts allegedly originating in Saudi Arabia for "violating our platform manipulation policies," it announced Friday.

The accounts were attributed by Twitter to a larger network of more than 88,000, which was blamed for engaging in "spamming" or "state-backed information operation."

The San Francisco-based social media giant said its security team found the operation was linked to Smaat, a Saudi social media marketing and management company.

Twitter accused Smaat of "coordinated activity" by creating, purchasing and managing the accounts on behalf of its clients, which Twitter sees as a manipulation of its platform.

Twitter said it has permanently banned Smaat's access to its services, as well as the accounts of Smaat's senior executives.

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