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Twitter 'confuses' famous activist with IS, suspends account

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

NEW YORK, Jan 2: An Arab Spring activist has accused the Twitter micro-blogging site of suspending his account after administrators mistook him for the leader of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

Iyad El-Baghdadi, who has more than 70,000 Twitter followers and frequently mocks the IS, said his account was suspended for about half-an-hour after he was misidentified as IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Indonesian newspaper Republika and the New York Post, BBC reported on Friday.

“To confuse an Arab man for the IS leader because of his very Arabic common surme is overt racism, @twitter,” he wrote on his account.

“My account gave you nearly 100 million twitter views this year, but you suspend me and keep the trolls running around, @twitter,” he wrote in another tweet.

El-Baghdadi said he received a message from Twitter saying he had “violated” its rules but did not specify the offence.

The activist, who also researches radicalisation, said the company needed to be “more transparent” about why and how people are suspended. “I don’t think a single Arab country exists that doesn’t have a family with the surme El-Baghdadi,” his another tweet read. Arab Spring refers to the democratic uprisings that arose independently and spread across the Arab world in 2011. Meanwhile, Twitter has not commented on the issue yet. In a fresh bid to combat abusive behaviour, micro-blogging site Twitter is also revising its rules to tackle hateful conduct including spreading of terror messages online. (IANS)


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