In response to the demands of activists, twitter released the ban on #SyrianDayOfRage moments.
I was about to publish an article under the title of “Pro-Assad trolls managed to block #SyrianDayofRage rally moments on twitter” when I saw that twitter had in fact finally released the #SyrianDayOfRage moments. However, here is the story.
Syrian Day of Rage rallies were peacefully and successfully held in approximately 100 locations around the world, notably 30 of those rallies were held in the liberated areas inside Syria.
Syrians living abroad and all supporters of a free Syria joined the rallies in The Hague, Paris, London, Helsinki, Berlin and continued in Washington and New York, as well as Buenos Aires in Argentina and Brazil.
The #SyrianDayOfRage was supported on social media. Activists started a tweet storm on Friday October 13th that continued all day Saturday October 14th to cover the demonstrations and rallies. Those who could not join the rallies, held in different major cities, joined the tweet storm to spread the word and bring more attention to the event.
From the first day that the #SyrianDayOfRage was announced, Pro-Assad trolls began to produce content very similar to that being used by the revolutionaries. They began using the same Photoshop effects on their posters and using general slogans like “Against Terror”.
They even went so far as to use pictures of the crimes committed by Assad in support of Assad and against the revolutionaries.
Mohamad AL-Khatib, a Syrian activist who was forcibly displaced from Aleppo last year, exposed the actions of the Syrian regime campaign in an article on Wednesday 11th October 2017:
The Pro-Assad trolls didn’t give up. They started targeting one of the accounts that was collecting the pictures and tweets from the rallies being held in a ‘twitter moments’ as well as a Flickr album and created their own story sharing it with reporters and journalists.
Suddenly, sometime in the afternoon of Saturday October 14th, @IranArabSpring started to receive messages from other activists that they could no longer see the twitter moments.
When clicking on the moment link this message was being displayed:
‘This moment cannot be viewed because of potentially sensitive content.’
Somehow the Pro-Assad trolls had managed to report the twitter moment, which contained pictures and films from peaceful protests all over the world, as having potentially sensitive content.
However, all twitter moments on @IranArabSpring were blocked because of ‘potentially sensitive content’ until Saturday October 21th, for exactly one week.
@IranArabSpring would like to extend thanks to twitter and to everybody who helped by asking @TwitterSupport and @Twitter to check the reports that had been created against the Syrian revolution activists and not let the Assad trolls impose their dictatorship and censorship on twitter.
The revolution continues.
Below is the Moments that was blocked and reported by Assad Trolls.