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Twitter mysteriously suspended several accounts linked to women who say they are refugees fleeing abuse in Saudi Arabia Empty Twitter mysteriously suspended several accounts linked to women who say they are refugees fleeing abuse in Saudi Arabia

Post by phildidge on Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:36 am

Earlier this week, posts emerged on Twitter from two women who described themselves as refugees fleeing abuse in Saudi Arabia — a growing and well-documented trend.

They posted videos and text posts claiming to be somewhere in Turkey, and pleading for asylum. INSIDER has not been able to verify their story.

Their account was suspended, as was a second and third one. On Thursday, a human rights activist began posting new videos on their behalf before his account was also removed.

Twitter has not explained why the accounts were suspended, despite multiple requests from INSIDER.

Social media has proved a powerful tool for Saudi women seeking asylum. Saudi officials have said they wish such women did not have access to Twitter.


https://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-suspends-accounts-saudi-activist-runaways-2019-6?r=US&IR=T

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Post by Jules on Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:36 pm

phildidge wrote:Earlier this week, posts emerged on Twitter from two women who described themselves as refugees fleeing abuse in Saudi Arabia — a growing and well-documented trend.

They posted videos and text posts claiming to be somewhere in Turkey, and pleading for asylum. INSIDER has not been able to verify their story.

Their account was suspended, as was a second and third one. On Thursday, a human rights activist began posting new videos on their behalf before his account was also removed.

Twitter has not explained why the accounts were suspended, despite multiple requests from INSIDER.

Social media has proved a powerful tool for Saudi women seeking asylum.

Saudi officials have said they wish such women did not have access to Twitter.

https://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-suspends-accounts-saudi-activist-runaways-2019-6?r=US&IR=T

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Post by Ben Reilly on Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:29 pm

I'm surprised now that I think of it; it seems like Saudi would be one of those countries like China that doesn't allow citizens access to the open internet.

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