MANAMA: Social media users were yesterday urged to exploit modern technology to first and foremost defend Bahrain.
Receiving a group of Twitter account owners, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa stressed the need to counter campaigns defaming Bahrain's reform project and fledgling democratic strides.
"Confront anyone tweeting to harm Bahrain and lay bare all those who sold their souls to foreign parties," he said.
"There is no place for hatred in Bahrain - being a country for all its people and an oasis of co-existence and tolerance," he added.
Minister of State for Telecommunications Affairs Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa attended.
The Premier expressed his interest in interacting with social media users, stressing their importance as a key component of the public opinion through their tweets.
He also underscored the importance of
optimising the use of social media to highlight national achievements and promote unity.
"We consider any "Tweeters" a mass medium whose influence transcends geographical boundaries," he said.
He urged citizens using modern technology to defend Bahrain and hailed their crucial role during the 2011 unrest.
The Premier stressed his interest in following up on issues highlighted through social media - as they reflect a major part of public opinion. He deplored those who turned their backs on their country and focused on destructive criticism of their society.
He also urged users to keep national interests above everything and warned against the detrimental repercussions of misusing technology.