Everybody who ever logged on to a BBS back in the day knows all about flame wars. Hell, for a while they were a fad. Actually old news by the times SimpleMachines-style fora became popular.
So the Twitter founders, having designed a format virtually designed to encourage flame wars, had to know that there would be lots. Right?
But I wonder if they anticipated their platform becoming so ubiquitous it supported the first shots of an actual war?
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir also warned Tehran.
“Iranian interventions in the region are detrimental to the security of neighbouring countries and affect international peace and security. We will not allow any infringement on our national security,” Jubeir tweeted.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issued dismissive tweets over the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in response.
“KSA bombs Yemen to smithereens, killing 1000s of innocents including babies, spreads cholera and famine, but of course blames Iran,” he wrote.
“KSA is engaged in wars of aggression, regional bullying, destabilising behaviour & risky provocations. It blames Iran for the consequences.”
Saudi and Iran have been fighting a proxy war in Yemen for years. I guess over the weekend that war splashed over to the wrong side of the Saudi border – right in the middle of a big internal putsch, no less – and the Saudis didn’t like it.