Ministry warns of criminals on social media

Updated 21 April 2016

Ministry warns of criminals on social media

JEDDAH: The Interior Ministry has warned that several social media websites are being used by extremists and criminals to mislead the country’s youth, a local publication reported on Wednesday.
In a lecture entitled “The impact of media on ideas and trends in society,” Col. Fahd Abdulaziz Al-Ghufaili, the ministry’s director for online security, stated the aim was to pit citizens against the government.
He delivered the address at Taif Technical College as part of an awareness program sponsored by the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation. “The other problem is that the majority of these accounts are false and managed from outside the Kingdom by the enemies of the country and people.
“They use thousands of accounts under false Saudi names to send more than 4 million negative messages via Twitter alone, not to mention the other social platforms,” he said.
He said that the abusive information is an attempt to target the security and stability of the Kingdom. “Such fabricated information can easily be detected by a person with common sense if time is taken to carefully analyze the information for lies and contradictions,” he said.
He said there was an attempt to create divisions in the community on tribal lines, and even on sporting issues. There were also attempts being made to declare some people non-believers, and spread content about atheism, witchcraft, pornography and drugs.
The ultimate aim was to weaken the resolve of young people, so that they become more susceptible to wrongdoing, rather than seeking proper information that would help them and fellow citizens, he said.


Saudi government agencies discuss Hajj 2020 plan

Updated 19 February 2020

Saudi government agencies discuss Hajj 2020 plan

  • Several security entities involved in the Hajj system attended the meeting, where they discussed the 2019 Hajj season and addressed its biggest challenges
  • The team reviewed the pilgrims grouping system and modern techniques to expand communication and cooperation with the relevant authorities

MAKKAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah hosted on Tuesday the first meeting of a joint work team in charge of supervising the pilgrims grouping system.
Several security entities involved in the Hajj system attended the meeting, where they discussed the 2019 Hajj season and addressed its biggest challenges.
The meeting, which was chaired by the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for Hajj affairs, Hussein bin Nasser Al-Sharif, stressed the importance of joint efforts to serve and facilitate the pilgrims’ journey and to live up to the leadership’s aspirations.
The team reviewed the pilgrims grouping system and modern techniques to expand communication and cooperation with the relevant authorities.
It also considered the development of interactive platforms to exchange ideas for making the Hajj plans a success.
The first joint work team meeting was attended by the Ministry of Interior, the Civil Defense, the General Directorate of Traffic, the Emirate Of Makkah Province, the Makkah Region Development Authority, the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites and the Makkah Municipality.