Linked – Saudi Twitter users urged to expose Qatar sympathisers

I don’t normally go getting political online, but I just wanted to point out that this is what it looks like when a government decides certain speech can’t be tolerated. If you live in the US and are sad that our government allows speech that you don’t happen to like, and doesn’t punish people for saying hurtful things, maybe remember that there’s a reason for it. When the authorities decide what speech is allowed, or not, it’s not going to be because one is “right” and the other isn’t. It’s because one will be deemed a threat, until the other is as well.

“Saudis have been told to expose the names and identities of anyone showing sympathy with Qatar on Twitter, with a senior Saudi official vowing to “follow” every name reported via the social media site .

Saoud al-Qahtani, an adviser to the Saudi royal court, launched the hashtag #TheBlacklist on Friday urging Saudis to “put any names you think should be added to #TheBlacklist hashtag”.

Qahtani also tweeted that anyone who “conspires” against Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain, all of which have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, would be unable to escape trial.”


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