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‘Half a million Twitter accounts’ in Saudi Arabia pose security threat

The ministry, despite this concern, has no intention to block any social networking sites or rein in the number of account holders

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Saudi security authorities have detected that there are more than half a million Twitter accounts with unknown information compromising the Kingdom’s security and creating confusion among citizens.

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, said that the ministry, despite this concern, has no intention to block any social networking sites or rein in the number of account holders.

“Such a move is not part of our security strategy,” he said while delivering a lecture at the Second Meet organized by the branch of the International Security Industry Organization here on Monday.

Al-Turki emphasized that the ministry does not have any Twitter account. “We do not want to carry out any work that does not bring about a positive outcome. There is no need to have a Twitter account to interact with society,” he said.

(This article was first published in Saudi Gazette on May 21, 2014)