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In this Thursday, June 8, 2017 photo, Al Jazeera staff work at their TV station in Doha, Qatar. The Arab news network Al-Jazeera has been thrust into the center of the story this week as Qatar came under virtual siege by its Gulf neighbors, pressuring it to shut down the TV channel that has infuriated them with its coverage for 20 years (AP Photo/Malak Harb)

Twitter briefly suspended Al Jazeera’s main account amid Qatar rift


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.

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. 

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.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report

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