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As journalist Jad Ghosn announced he was hired by Bloomberg Asharq, pro-Saudi bots unearthed his tweets criticising Riyadh, exposing the editorial limits of Middle East-based partnerships with Western media oultets

Saudi Arabia seeks to tame powerful cyber armies

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi Arabia seeks to tame powerful cyber armies

Saudi Arabia is concerned about the level of hyper-nationalism present online - and the use of royal family images.

Al Jazeera journalists targeted in misogynistic 'Saudi-linked' smear campaign

Florence Dixon

Al Jazeera journalists targeted in misogynistic 'Saudi-linked' smear campaign

Two women journalists have been the targets of an online harassment campaign led by pro-Saudi government Twitter accounts.

WhatsApp limits forwarding messages over viral coronavirus misinformation

The New Arab

WhatsApp limits forwarding messages over viral coronavirus misinformation

In an effort to crack down on the virality of COVID-19 misinformation, WhatsApp announced restrictions on its forwarding feature.

The New Arab & agencies

Online disinformation campaign seeks to blame Qatar for coronavirus

Qatar, which is subject to a blockade by its Gulf neighbours, is the latest target for blame over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The New Arab & agencies

Netanyahu calls Zuckerberg to complain about Facebook treatment

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to ensure that all parties will receive equal treatment in Israel's ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Russia sides with former rebels in Daraa

Our weekly round-up of under-reported news from Syria focuses on how regime troops and Iran are treating Daraa and its territories as spoils of ...

The New Arab

Twitter cracks down on pro-Netanyahu 'troll army'

Twitter has reportedly shut down 258 of the over 400 automated and fake accounts that have produced over 130,000 pro-Netanyahu tweets ...

Online backer proves pre-vote embarrassment for Israel's Netanyahu

The New Arab & agencies

Online backer proves pre-vote embarrassment for Israel's Netanyahu

Giora Ezra shot to sudden notoriety after Netanyahu presented him as a typical supporter in a bid to dismiss accusations his party deployed ...

The New Arab

UK Hizballah ban 'will not affect Lebanon's banks'

Lebanon's Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said the UK decision to ban Hizballah's political wing would not affect his country.

Saudi trolls hacking dead people's <em>Twitter</em> to spread propaganda

Marc Owen Jones

Saudi trolls hacking dead people's Twitter to spread propaganda

When an American TV weatherman started tweeting support for the Saudi regime, people started asking questions. Not least because the ...

Egypt's dirty war (part II): Surveillance for all

Hossam el-Hamalawy

Egypt's dirty war (part II): Surveillance for all

Comment: Sisi's brutal crackdown off and online uses the 'War on terror' to justify violence, and has instilled a climate of fear among the ...

Saudi Arabia deployed <em>bot</em> army against critics, including Khashoggi

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia deployed bot army against critics, including Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia used an online army to target critics of the kingdom following its announcement of the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

<em>Twitter</em> suspends <em>bot</em> network that pushed pro-Saudi fake news

The New Arab

Twitter suspends bot network that pushed pro-Saudi fake news

A network of bots that pushed pro-Saudi tweets has been taken down by Twitter.

The New Arab

Fake accounts, trolls promote anti-Qatar misinformation amid blockade

Fake accounts, trolls and dubious hash-tags are being used in online misinformation campaigns amid political conflicts in the Arab world, notably in the spat between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours.

The New Arab

Bot army attempts to hijack Qatar emir's UK visit

Saudi Arabia appeared to have mobilised its army of Twitter bots on Monday, during a visit by the Qatar emir to the UK. But things ...

Amar Diwakar

Bullets in cyberspace: The new terrain of diplomatic warfare

Comment: Even small states can exploit opportunities that cyberwarfare offers to instigate and exacerbate political conflicts, writes Amar ...

The New Arab

Suspected Saudi 'robot army' enlisted in Qatar attack

Cyberwarfare is not new to the Gulf, but the current Saudi-led onslaught against the tiny state of Qatar is the most formidable and bizarre yet.

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