Saudi twitter users has been urged to name the Qatar sympathisers, 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”.
He also warned that anyone who ‘conspires’ against the four blockading nations would be unable to escape the trial. Responding to Qahtani’s message, Saudis began adding the names of dissidents and activists who had expressed solidarity with Qatar.
Anwar Gargash, the UAE‘s state minister for foreign affairs, was one of the first to express support for the blacklist, tweeting: “Saud al-Qahtani is an important voice … and his tweet on the ‘blacklist’ is extremely important.”
Earlier, UAE had banned all expression of sympathy with Qatar and warned that such acts would be considered as a criminal offence punishable with up to 15 years in prison.
However, some users took a dig at Qahtani’s comments and condemned the official for the harsh measure.
Kuwaiti user @Kuwait_okk called on Twitter to ban Qahtani and accused him of violating human rights.
One user wrote: “Welcome to North Korea.”
Some users took the opportunity to troll Qahtani adding the names of notable satirist and TV presenter Stephen Colbert and late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel.