Twitter competition for best 87th Saudi National Day video intensifies

A screenshot of the General Authority's promo video. (Video grab)
Updated 24 September 2017
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Twitter competition for best 87th Saudi National Day video intensifies

JEDDAH: Twitter is seeing intense competition as Saudi government and private-sector agencies try to outdo each other to muster social media virtual votes for their videos celebrating the Kingdom’s 87th National Day.
Jeddah municipality, putting its best efforts, has even shared three video of its preparations for the Kingdom’s anniversary on its official account using the viral #SaudiNationalDay hashtag.

The official account of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) meanwhile posted a video showing traditional dances across the Kingdom.
The clip starts with the Saudi poet Prince Bader bin Abdulmuhsen performing one of his verses about the Kingdom as an oud, with its distinct melodramatic sound, plays in the background.

For Saudi Arabian Mining Company’s (Ma’aden) meanwhile, there is no better way to present its video masterpiece but through King Salman’s words to his people itself.
“My focus is on the sustainable development and utilization of our country’s resources in order to achieve a prosperous future for our nations and for all Saudis,” King Salman says, addressing his fellowmen.
The video also features Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s words during his TV interviews: “Our ambition is to always be proud of our nation. Our ambition is to create a wonderful environment in our country. To make our country a major contributor in the advancement and development on the world, whether on the economic level, or the cultural level, or the intellectual level.”
“Our ambition will allow us to overcome any challenge. This is our ambition and we have so much to offer to Saudi and to the world.”
Ma’aden’s video ends with another of the Crown Prince’s words that “the sky is the limit if the Saudi people was convinced,” accompanied by the #together_our_ambition_has_no_limits hashtag.

MiSK Foundation’s 2:51-minute clip is likewise replete with creative artistry right from the start, and is highlighted by the caption: “A well-established and long-lasting steps. May you always be the source of our pride and patriotism.”

General Entertainment Authority’s tweets and videos have already been flooding the social media platform with a lengthy list of 27 activities across the Kingdom in 50 shades of green, promising Saudi-based audience with a variety of events ranging from musical concerts, national epics, international performances and more.

Dallah Al-Baraka, one of the largest business groups in the Middle East, presented a national work which embodies the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the founder King Abdulaziz.

Other Saudi telecommunications companies also had a fair share of promo videos on the 87th national day.
Zain called for diversity in its video.

Meanwhile, Mobily chose to laud the heroes on the Saudi southern border defending the homeland with their blood as a contribution to the series of the national day videos.

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) video featured a song by the famous Saudi singer Abdulmajeed Abdullah's national song "We Pledge Allegiance To You, O Homeland."


Twitter suspends two accounts linked to 12 Russians indicted by Mueller

The accounts have been suspended for being connected to a network of accounts previously suspended for operating in violation of our rules. (REUTERS)
Updated 15 July 2018
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Twitter suspends two accounts linked to 12 Russians indicted by Mueller

  • The indictment alleges that from around June 2016 the conspirators released tens of thousands of stolen emails and documents “using fictitious online personas, including ‘DCLeaks’ and ‘Guccifer 2.0.’.”
  • Friday’s indictment was the first by Mueller that directly charges the Russian government with meddling in the election

WASHINGTON: Social networking site Twitter Inc. on Saturday suspended two accounts linked to 12 Russian spies indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 US presidential election.
On Friday, a federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016 in the most detailed US accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Republican Donald Trump.
Twitter said on Saturday it had suspended the accounts @DCLeaks_ and @Guccifer_2 that were named in the indictment, which alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy involving sophisticated hacking and staged release of documents.
The indictment alleges that from around June 2016 the conspirators released tens of thousands of stolen emails and documents “using fictitious online personas, including ‘DCLeaks’ and ‘Guccifer 2.0.’.”
In a statement on Saturday, a Twitter spokesman said: “The accounts have been suspended for being connected to a network of accounts previously suspended for operating in violation of our rules.”
Friday’s indictment was the first by Mueller that directly charges the Russian government with meddling in the election. The Kremlin denies it interfered.
Speaking at a cybersecurity conference in Philadelphia on Saturday, US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the indictments proved that the United States “will not tolerate interference with our democratic processes and that there will be consequences for foreign meddling.”