In a bid to fight extremism and terrorism online, Saudi Arabia’s public prosecution has summoned a group of Twitter users who have been accused of sharing extremist or terrorist content on the social media platform.
The public prosecution is charging several unnamed Twitter users as criminals for promoting extremism and threatening the security of the state.
These Twitter users are accused of “influencing the integrity and moderation of the intellectual curriculum of the society with harmful participations that took the seriousness of extremism leading to the misguided campaign of thought.”
Saudi Arabia’s public prosecution has issued a stern warning to all citizens that they will be prosecuted on criminal charges if found sharing extremist contents online or offline — on social media, in speeches, books, or during lectures — as reported by Xinhua.
The middle east has been at the heart of the threat and major controversies arising out of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levante (or Syria). These terror organisations have resorted to online social media channels to propagate their ideology and to find potential recruits too.
These terror organisations have resorted to online social media channels to propagate their ideology and to find potential recruits too.
Extremist content on Twitter is not a newfound nuisance. The microblogging site has faced heavy criticism from media and users alike due to their failure to curb abusive content from their platform.
Earlier this month, a German man painted offensive messages outside Twitter’s Hamburg office to give the website’s staff a taste of what he sees on Twitter regularly.
Shahak Shapiro, a German national, uploaded a video on YouTube titled ‘#HeyTwitter’ which shows him stencil 30 offensive tweets that he claims to see on a regular basis while using the social media platform.
While Shahak Shapiro is going around tweeting to Twitter offline and Saudi Arabia’s public prosecution charging people for tweeting extremist content, the company claims to have significantly reduced cyber bullying on their platform.