By Shane McGinley
Bahraini Ministry of Interior tweeted that it would take legal action against Twitter users
Bahrain said it will take legal action against social media users who follow accounts which criticise the government, as the kingdom moves to heightening controls over social media.
“Those who follow inciting accounts that promote sedition and circulate their posts will be held legally accountable,” Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior said in a tweet on Thursday.
Anti-cybercrime: Those who follow inciting accounts that promote sedition and circulate their posts will be held legally accountable— Ministry of Interior (@moi_bahrain) May 30, 2019
The announcement is part of the kingdom’s plans to increase controls over social media.
Last month, the chairman of the Council of Representatives’ Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Sisi, said the parliamentary committees’ chairmen are in the process of studying a bill that includes heightening penalty for the misuse of social media, the Bahrain News Agency reported.
In response to Bahrain News Agency (BNA), Al Sisi said the bill is in line with the government directives to deal firmly with the misuse of social media, which harms community peace, causes division and weakens national unity.
He added the draft law focuses on the crimes of defamation, insult, spreading rumours and infringing on individuals, bodies, entities and state institutions.