Saudi Arabia Rumored to Have “Groomed” Twitter Staff to Spy on Accounts

Saudi Arabia Rumored to Have “Groomed” Twitter Staff to Spy on Accounts

Last Saturday, the New York Times reported that Saudi Arabia might have “groomed” at Twitter employee into monitoring user accounts.

The employee, Ali Alzabarah, worked at Twitter in 2013 as an engineer and was reportedly convinced by Saudi intelligence to look into user accounts. Upon learning of the matter, Twitter placed Alzabarah on leave while an investigation was conducted. He was finally fired in 2015, but it was said that Twitter did not see any evidence that Alzabarah gave Twitter info to the Saudi government.

It was not said if the accounts of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been spied on, but he had been targeted by attacks from “troll farms” managed by the Saudi government.

Source: The Verge

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