Fake News Alert: Emirates did not fire pilot for refusing to fly to Israel

Fake News Alert: Emirates did not fire pilot for refusing to fly to Israel
Emirate Airlines responded saying the claim was completely untrue. (File/AFP)
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Updated 13 January 2021

Fake News Alert: Emirates did not fire pilot for refusing to fly to Israel

Fake News Alert: Emirates did not fire pilot for refusing to fly to Israel
  • Posts started appearing on social media on Wednesday claiming the UAE’s official carrier Emirates Airlines had suspended a Tunisian pilot after he refused to fly to Israel
  • Emirate Airlines responded saying the claim was completely untrue

LONDON: Posts started appearing on social media on Wednesday claiming the UAE’s official carrier Emirates Airlines had suspended a Tunisian pilot after he refused to fly to Israel.

Emirate Airlines responded saying the claim was completely untrue.

“Emirates has never employed any pilot by this name and all reports circulating on social media around this are false,” the airline said in a tweet.

CJ Werleman, an Australian journalist based in the US, posted a tweet claiming the airline fired its pilot.

The Twitter-verified journalist who works for the Byline Times as per his account, praised the pilot and called him a “hero”.

Other media sites followed suit, with the Middle East Monitor publishing an article carrying the story without fact-checking or contacting Emirates to check the information.

The UAE and Israel signed a historic normalization deal in August 2020 that included travel to and from both countries.

 


YouTube bans seven Houthi channels 

YouTube bans seven Houthi channels 
Updated 24 January 2021

YouTube bans seven Houthi channels 

YouTube bans seven Houthi channels 
  • It deleted accounts that the group had been using to share its agenda
  • The terrorist-designated organization used the channels and other social media platforms to stream propaganda and encourage violence

LONDON: YouTube permanently deleted seven Houthi accounts on Sunday due to a breach of its policy, less than a week after the US designated the militia as a foreign terrorist organization. 

It deleted accounts that the group had been using to share its agenda, such as its main channel “Ferqat Ansar Allah” and “Al Ealam Al-Harbe,” which translates as the war media.

The terrorist-designated organization used the channels and other social media platforms to stream propaganda and encourage violence.

Many leaders and members within the Houthi movement remain active on social media, such as the group’s current leader Muhammad Ali Al-Houthis, and continue to incite hate and violent speech.

The US designation came into effect last Tuesday, the day before President Donald Trump left office. The Houthis are accused of waging a deadly campaign that has destabilized Yemen and the Middle East.

“The designations are intended to hold Ansar Allah accountable for its terrorist acts, including cross-border attacks threatening civilian populations, infrastructure and commercial shipping,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier this month, using the official name of the Houthi movement.

He added that the designations would not affect the work of relief agencies.