Defamation attack; detained former Saudi prince under risk!

Defamation attack

Muhammad Bin Nayef, the former Saudi prince and interior minister has been a sufferer of a well-planned and coordinated attack on social media that caused risk to his personal safety.

His lawyer has sent a written complaint requesting to take down a video that holds information that he is trying to bring down the crowned prince, Mohammed Bin Salman and posing serious harm to him. YouTube has not yet reacted to the complaint till now.

During the time of US election, apparently there was hype in the number of tweets claiming Muhammad Bin Nayef was a member of democrat-led “deep-state” plot to sabotage the Saudi Arabian royal family, claims the supporters of Bin Salman.

Evidently, the 60 year old Bin Nayef had a close relation with the Obama administration and Joe Baiden.

Bin Nayef, the former interior minister who worked to bring the al-Qaida groups under control in Saudi Arabia after the awakening of 9/11 attack in New York has been under home arrest since March 2020. He was expelled as Crown prince in 2017.

In the complaint to YouTube, his lawyer claims that the content in the video is totally false and it was created as a part of conspiracy theory that he is aiming to chip away Bin Salman.

As per his lawyer, Bin Nayef has been detained against his will and without charge since March 2020, where he stays till now. He has been banned from seeing his family or lawyers and blocked from visiting his personal doctor who was treating him for many years.

He also adds that Bin Nayef is always being monitored and the lives of his family members are at risk.

The letter suggests that the video that is now being trending in social media that plot against Saudi state is completely a lie. He agrees that he will always be loyal to the crowned prince and will continue to support the established monarchy.

The cyber-attack against Bin Nayef began two days after the call by Donald Trump in the final weeks of his election campaign.

New researches shows that about 40% of the tweets that deteriorated the character of Bin Nayef were found to have bot-like behaviour, claims an independent agency. They also insist that these bots were trying to spread false narratives online.

The tweets which had tags #Hillaryemails holds to have a mysterious effort to establish “deep-state” in Saudi Arabic saying that Bin Nayef was involved along with the former CIA director, John Brennan and Clinton.

The tweets generally had a plot that focuses about the objectives of Bin Nayef to bring down King Salman and this led to the downfall of Bin Nayef.

His supporters say that he was very efficient and truthful as an Interior Minister who fought for the country to bring down al-Qaida.

This is just another case of defamation attack. Mark Twain once said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

Defamation is an act of attacking another person’s reputation by bringing about disrepute to that person.

How to prove defamation?

If you are getting defamed, to prove them you need to have all of the following statements:

  • Published
  • False
  • Injurious
  • Unprivileged

Prevent yourself from defamation attacks

  • Think carefully about what you are writing.
  • Don’t post anything unnecessarily. Check the credibility first.
  • Be specific.
  • Make it clear when a statement is an opinion or joke rather than fact.
  • Be cautious while writing about private citizens,
  • Avoid making criminal allegations.
  • Be careful when adding hash tags to the end of your tweets.


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