Facebook, Twitter for Hezbollah abruptly deactivated

Web Desk: It is reported that Facebook and Twitter accounts of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement have been closed, the group said on Saturday.

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A website associated with the group accused the US-based social websites of running an “anti-media campaign,” .

Israeli media reports said internet users have been directed to new and already existing pages associated with Hezbollah.

There was no immediate explanation from either Facebook or Twitter.

The Lebanon-based movement accused the U.S. social media platforms of waging an “anti-media campaign” against them in a post on the Telegram account Central Military Media, urging followers to flock to back-up Hezbollah-affiliated accounts. The movement said the significance of its social media operation to the general running of its political activities is what motivated the closure.

The alleged shutdown comes a day after a Hezbollah social media account published a new video showing the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev in 2006, according to Israeli news outlet Ynet News. The Twitter page which published the video is still active, casting doubt over whether the clip played a direct part in the clampdown of the group’s social media presence.

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