Bahrain detects Qatar-run fake social media accounts

Bahrain revealed on Saturday that its monitoring of recent social media posts revealed that Qatar was running false accounts aimed at harming Manama’s ties with Saudi Arabia.

The ministry said evidence suggests the ghost accounts, which are publishing false information, appear to be managed by the State of Qatar as well as fugitives and wanted criminals.

The statement said that this signifies a systematic targeting of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in order to harm its public interests and try to influence public opinion and the economy through the dissemination of false information.

The ministry added that these accounts are working to stir confusion and sedition and incite hatred, in order to target the internal social fabric and influence the course of the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The statement said these accounts focus on spreading negative information on several matters, including the most recent issue regarding the changes to Bahrain’s pension system to stir public opinion, distort the Bahraini identity and portray the Gulf nation in a negative light.

The ministry noted that these threats are generally intended to harm Bahraini citizens.
In light of the recent developments and the security and safety concern of the society, and within the framework of its responsibilities in maintaining security and public order, the ministry has conducted an investigation into the matter.

Through the General Directorate for Combating Corruption and Economic and Electronic Security, the ministry is monitoring the alleged accounts on social networking sites that have been broadcasting illegal content.

The statement said that the necessary legal measures have been taken in this regard, affirming the freedoms and rights guaranteed by the Constitution, especially freedom of expression.

The ministry also called on the public to be vigilant when publishing information and ensuring that it is credible and from official sources.

The Bahraini Interior Ministry called on everyone to be vigilant and not to re-publish the allegations, especially since this stage requires concerted efforts, cohesion and an increase in awareness in order to protect the interests of the nation and civil peace. It added that strengthening national unity was everybody’s responsibility.

 

Source Credit: Arab News

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