A storm of anger on Facebook after the choice of Tawakkol Karman in the Council of Wise Men


Source: Arabic.Net – Osan Salem

Tawakkol Karman’s choice on the “Global Supervision Board for Facebook and Instagram Content” was met with a storm of rejection and anger among social media pioneers in Yemen and the Arab countries because of its history of crime and its support for terrorism.

Yemeni and Arab Hashtag activists and politicians launched in English (NoTawakkolKarman #), saying that Tawakkol Karman was narrow-minded and had banned dozens of activists, who disagreed with their political views, on her profile.

The Facebook company’s decision to appoint the Yemeni activist Kerman raised big question marks, and the reason is its history and political stances, according to a number of critics, especially since Kerman is known for its proximity to the Brotherhood, which is classified in a number of countries around the world as a “terrorist” organization.


The Yemeni politician, Ahmed Saeed Al-Wafi, considered Kerman’s candidacy part of the Brotherhood’s international intelligence missions and the policy of empowering the group’s liberal leaderships to serve international agendas.

He explained in a post on his Facebook page, that there are Yemeni women pioneers who gain Kerman’s ability, activity and balance, but they are not within the scheme, which is the painful truth.

The Yemeni activist, Kamel Al-Khoudani, also commented sarcastically that the choice of Tawakkol Karman as supervisor of the “Facebook” content forced him to enter his account to copy his photos and articles, as he feared that his name would be in a list of accounts that Kerman may report to them.

He continued, saying: “Choosing Kerman is a disaster … It prohibits half of Yemenis and does not accept criticism or opinion and serves a specific agenda and project.”

He explained on his account on the social networking site “Twitter”: “As a Yemeni, and the fact that Tawakkol Karman does not accept the opinions of others and is not independent, I refuse her presence on the Facebook Wise Council.”


Kamel agrees, the activist Mohamed Ali Al-Baidhani, who refused to include Tawakkol Karman to supervise social media platforms, because she is partisan and non-neutral and has caused a lot of damage to her homeland, Yemen.

Many recalled Kerman’s affiliation with Qatar and Turkey, and the funding they receive to serve their agendas and subversive activities in the region, recalling the previous positions of Tawakkol, which supports the extremist currents in the region, led by the Muslim Brotherhood to which they belong.

With Qatari funds, Kerman managed to form a financial empire abroad, and she was established in Turkey, where the “Bilqis” channel is located next to “Tawakkul Kerman Foundation” and the media and human rights associations, which she uses as a cover for her actions to serve the Brotherhood organization.

Some considered it “the Brotherhood’s Facebook post.” Ahmed Jumah tweeted, “Karman trusts do not deserve this appointment, as they are affiliated with the Brotherhood, and the far and near realize that it calls for intellectual terrorism and extremism, and this is not in line with this new mission.”

Also, the tagline “I reject the terrorist, Tawakkol Karman, to be among the sages of Facebook” on Twitter, spread it, and many used it to express their dissatisfaction with the decision of “Facebook”, which they described as “strange”, and many of them threatened to delete the program “Facebook” permanently and move to “Twitter” If this option is not retracted.

In the face of the attack on her, Tawakkol Kerman was forced to respond to the criticism by saying that the positions and views she publishes on her pages on social networking sites are an expression of her own viewpoint, and does not express the view of “Facebook” and “Instagram”.

Facebook did not issue a statement to comment on this widespread controversy, nor did it explain the reasons for choosing Kerman to occupy this sensitive site in a region rife with conflict and political polarization.

In the official definition of the council, “Facebook” said its committee would discuss publishing policies regarding controversial issues, within its criteria.

Kerman was chosen alongside 19 personalities from different countries including Amy Palimore, a lawyer and lecturer at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center in Israel.


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