Twitter briefly suspends Al-Jazeera Arabic amid Qatar rift
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Twitter briefly suspends Al-Jazeera Arabic amid Qatar rift

Spokesman for channel says cut may have been technical problem, while one manager claims conspiracy against Gulf nation

A Qatari employee of al-Jazeera TV walks past the station's logo, in Doha, Qatar, November 1, 2006 (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
A Qatari employee of al-Jazeera TV walks past the station's logo, in Doha, Qatar, November 1, 2006 (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Social media platform Twitter briefly suspended the account of Al-Jazeera Arabic amid a wider diplomatic dispute between Qatar and Arab nations.

Twitter later reinstated the account Saturday, a move that comes after Arab nations have blocked websites and broadcasts by Doha-based Al-Jazeera.

A spokesman for the channel said the cut may have been due to a technical problem and that all Twitter accounts affected were back online.

“Most of our Arabic accounts were blocked, but they are now up-and-running,” the spokesman told AFP, adding that it may take several hours for them to be fully restored.

Another Al-Jazeera Arabic account described the move as part of an “organized campaign” targeting it. Al-Jazeera has said it has come under cyberattack as well amid the diplomatic crisis.

“The main Al-Jazeera Twitter account has been suspended, and work is ongoing to solve the problem,” Yasser Abuhilalah, managing director of Al-Jazeera Arabic, tweeted.

“Disruption (by others) will not stop because the truth terrifies them. We’ll be back.”

In another tweet, he said no other “channel in the world… faces the same amount of conspiracy”.

San Francisco-based Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Among its top investors is Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a member of the kingdom’s royal family.

Saudi Arabia has led other Arab nations in cutting diplomatic ties to Qatar on June 5 over allegations the nation supports extremists. Qatar long has denied that.

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