During the second phase of his U.S. tour, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman met a number of executives in Silicon Valley, the home of world’s tech giants, including CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg.
One cannot help but question the dubious visit of the young Saudi prince to the for-profit corporation that has dramatically helped fueling the so-called Arab Spring and eventually toppling regimes and bringing about ferocious civil wars in the Middle East.
According to Saudi-run state media, the 30 year-old prince discussed business and focused on the training and developing of Saudi youths; encouraging the influential corporation to conduct projects in the Kingdome. A claim that has been mocked by human rights activists worldwide.
Anti- Al Saud activists inside and outside the Kingdome expressed deep concerns that the visit might have hatched a sinister deal to expose the owners of opposition Facebook pages since the Saudi regime has zero tolerance to dissident voices especially after Saudi Arabia’s baleful role in the Yemeni and Syrian war.
Others even went further and spoke of bribery so much that Facebook shuts down Saudi opposition social media pages, provides Saudi intelligence with information about their owners, as well as open the way for the Saudi government to monitor and spy such pages and accounts.