World Outrage Over Jamal Khashoggi's Killing, So Saudi Releases its Twitter Bots

Published October 7th, 2018 - 10:55 GMT
(Rami Khoury/Bawaba)
(Rami Khoury/Bawaba)

International outrage follows Turkish sources remarks confirming that the prominent Saudi journalist and Mohammed bin Salman’s critic Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, a week after he disappeared inside the diplomatic building.

The Reuters report released on Saturday night, cites Turkish sources who confirm the journalist’s murder and that his body was moved out of the consulate.

While developments are accelerating and reports are emerging on Khashoggi’s whereabouts, nothing is officially confirmed yet. His family, friends and fiancee are refusing to accept the fact that he was killed. They are urging the Turkish authorities to deepen their investigation and get Jamal safely home.

Meanwhile social media discussions on Khashoggi have been increasing in the last few hours. Hashtags like:اغتيال جمال خاشقجي  “Jamal Khashoggi’s Assasination” jumped with thousands of tweets support the journalist.

Between strong condemnation, the refusal to believe Khashoggi was brutally murdered and expressing support for him from family and friends, most online opinion all shared sympathy and express condolences.

However, there were few suspicious hashtags among Saudi Twitter users such as: “مسرحيه جمال “خاشقجي “Jamal Khashoggi Play” and السعودية يهمها جمال خاشقجي “Saudi Arabia Cares About Jamal Khashoggi”.

The hashtags trending inside Saudi Arabia are believed to have originated by Saudi Twitter bots who are being used by the Riyadh government on occasions where the social media criticise the Saudi Kingdom.

The hashtags are used by Saudis refuse to accuse the Saudi government in being behind the killing of the Saudi critic Khashoggi.

Translation: “I really don’t get how people accuse the Saudi government of killing Khashoggi. If Saudi Arabia were silencing the critical voices this way, you would have seen more dangerous people than Khashoggi being assasinated like Mosaari and Ghanim Dosari and others who provoke the public against Saudi Arabia.”

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