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Former Twitter employees charged with spying on users for Saudis

Former Twitter employees charged with spying on users for Saudis

A third individual—Ahmed al Mutairi, another Saudi citizen and the head of a Saudi social media company—acted as an intermediary for Bader Al Asaker, a man who is often referred to as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "invisible hand."

Starting in 2014, Abouammo and Alzabarah worked with a Saudi government official identified by The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima as Al Asaker.

They passed internal Twitter data on users "of interest to [Al Asaker] and the Saudi Royal Family."

In some cases, the accounts included images that could have been construed as security threats—including images of improvised explosive devices—and Twitter removed the posts after emergency takedown requests from the Saudi government.

Once he arrived there, he took a job with a charity led by Al Asaker called MiSK—a charity created by Mohammed bin Salman.

Source: arstechnica.com
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