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20.09.2019 15:45:37

Twitter removes 273 accounts in the UAE and Eqypt that were targeting Qatar and Iran

Twitter Inc. said Friday it has removed a network of 273 accounts originating in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, that were targeting Qatar as well as other countries including Iran. In a blog on its site, Twitter said the accounts were interconnected in their goals and tactics, and that they spread messaging that supported the Saudi government. "We also found evidence that these accounts were created and managed by DotDev, a private technology company operating in the UAE and Egypt," said the blog. "We have permanently suspended DotDev, and all accounts associated with them, from our service." Separately, the micro-blogging site said it had suspended a group of 4,248 accounts operating from the UAE, that were mainly targeting Qatar and Yemen. The accounts used false personae and tweeted about issues impacting the region, including the civil war in Yemen and the Houthi Movement. The company also found a group of six accounts linked to Saudi Arabia's state-run media that were focused on messaging that would benefit the Saudi government. In Spain, the company has removed 265 accounts that were deemed to be falsely boosting public sentiment. Earlier this summer, the company removed a network of 1,019 accounts in Ecuador tied to the PAIS political party. Twitter shares were up 1.4% in early trade Friday and have gained 51.5% in 2019, while the S&P 500 has gained 20%. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
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