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Two Ex-Twitter Employees Charged With Spying on Users for Saudis

Nov. 7, 2019, 5:16 AM

Two former Twitter Inc. employees and a Saudi national were charged by the U.S. with helping the government in Riyadh spy on dissidents who used the social network.

The employees, one from Twitter’s hometown of San Francisco and one in Saudi Arabia, were allegedly recruited to use their company credentials to gain access to the accounts of “users of interest” to the Saudi royal family, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Wednesday.

“Saudi agents mined Twitter’s internal systems for personal information about known Saudi critics and thousands of other Twitter users,” U.S. Attorney David Anderson in San Francisco said...

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