A single tweet about an explosion near Qatar’s capital went out May 4th. Soon after the tweet went out the #1 trending hashtag on twitter for Saudi Arabia and Qatar was ‘Coup in Qatar.” A coup is a sudden violent takeover of a government. People believed that the explosion in Al-Wakra was an attempt to overthrow Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Many accounts that re-tweeted the news were believed to be fake. Many of them had European names and according to Marc Owen Jones, had never previously tweeted or had any interaction in Arabic news. As a result of the retweets by these accounts, the tweets were seen by many and had a domino like effect. These claims were unfounded. These tweets are thought to stem from an attempt to justify the Riyadh’s aggressive policies by making it seem as though the Qatar government is unstable.
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