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Ex-Twitter employees spied for Saudi Arabia with user data: feds

Two former Twitter employees from Saudi Arabia have been charged with spying for funneling inside information about users of the social-media site to an agent of the Middle Eastern kingdom, federal officials said Wednesday. Ali Alzabarah and Ahmed Almutairi allegedly used their positions to gather private Twitter data about Saudi critics, giving it to a Saudi official who leads a charity owned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to The Washington Post. “The criminal complaint unsealed today alleges that Saudi agents mined Twitter’s internal systems for personal information about known Saudi critics and thousands of other Twitter users,” said US Attorney David L. Anderson. “We will not allow US companies or US te ...