Aug 2, 2019

Facebook bans 'Saudi Arabia-linked propaganda accounts'

Facebook says it has discovered that people linked to the Saudi authorities have been using its platforms to spread propaganda through fake accounts. Saudi Arabia has so far made no public comments on the issue. Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, explained how the Saudi accounts allegedly operated. "The Page admins and account owners typically posted in Arabic about regional news and political issues, including topics like the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, his economic and social reform plan 'Vision 2030', and successes of the Saudi armed forces, particularly during the conflict in Yemen," he said. About 1.4 million people followed the removed accounts and pages.

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