Twitter Employees Working As A Spy? What's Happening?

Publish On: 07 Nov, 2019 10:05 AM | Updated   |   Prateek  

Two Ex-Twitter employees have been charged for spying for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. Saudi Agents searched for user's information including known critics of the Saudi Government.

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They are accused of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia. 

There are actually not just two but three people involved in this accusation:

  • Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi national
  • Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen
  • Ahmed Almutairi, a Saudi citizen.

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Ali Alzabarah was a former Twitter engineer and Ahmad Abouammo is said to have left his job back in 2015 who worked as a media partnership manager for Twitter.

Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their access at Twitter to gather nonpublic information on critics of the Saudi Government according to the criminal complaint that the Justice Department has alleged. 

Mr. Almutairi was the middle man between the two Twitter employees and Saudi officials. Ahmad Abouammo appeared in the Seattle court and he was remanded in the custody, currently waiting for another hearing on Friday.

In a statement Twitter said:

"We understand the incredible risks faced by many who use Twitter to share their perspectives with the world and to hold those in power accountable. We have tools in place to protect their privacy and their ability to do their vital work."

About Twitter:

Twitter is a social networking service and microblogging giant that gives its users the ability to interact with other users via posts called "tweets". It was founded on 21 March 2006 in San Francisco, California, United States and it has gained a huge base of users. 

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