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.


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Updated 27 min 46 sec ago

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  • Foreign minister said claims were "absurd"
  • Prince Faisal's tweet called for an investigation into the claims

DUBAI: The Saudi Arabian embassy in the USA has denied claims the Kingdom was behind the hacking of Amazon.com founder, Jeff Bezos’ phone, describing the accusation as “absurd.”

And speaking at Davos the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said: “The idea that the Crown Prince would hack Jeff Bezos’ phone is absolutely silly.”

Reports on Wednesday suggested Bezos’ phone was hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message sent from the personal account of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Describing the claims as “absurd” the tweet also called for an investigation into the claims “so that we can have all the facts out.”