Saudi Arabia reportedly groomed Twitter employee to spy on user accounts

The New York Times has published a report detailing Saudi Arabia's efforts to combat dissent on platforms such as Twitter, a murdered American journalist Jamal Khashoggi who had previously been subjected to intense, personal attacks. death. As part of this effort, the Kingdom has been known to Twitter users to monitor user accounts.

According to Times western intelligence officials have contacted the social media company, saying that the Saudi government "is organizing" one of its employees to peer into the stories of dissidents and others. "Alzabarah has been an engineer with access to user accounts on Twitter since 2013, and is confident that the Saudi intelligence authorities will investigate several accounts.

Twitter has reported that Alzabarah disguised Alzabarah as manager "We did not find evidence of Twitter data being sent to Twitter at the end of 2015," the company announced a "few dozen accounts" that they might have targeted at the time. Alizabar returned to Saudi Arabia following his layoffs.

A Twitter spokesperson said, "This time there is nothing to add." Times is one of the accounts reported by security researchers, academics and journalists, including individuals who participated in the Tor project Khashoggi started a project to prevent online abuse before he died

It was not revealed that Khashoggi's account was one of Alzabarah's accounts, but the tribe that the Saudi government established to silence critics The group has recently resigned after Saud al-Qahtani, an advisor to Prince Mohammed bin Salman, admitted that Khashoggi was murdered at the Turkish Consulate in Saudi Arabia .

According to Times the group used group messaging in the messaging app to distribute lists of harassing people, monitor topics, and issue pro-government messages in various sock accounts. And the rights of women in the country, and Twitter is a mass

On Thursday, NBC News suspended Twitter's botnet account, which was used to break the propaganda of Pro Saudi in the wake of Khashoggi's death This particular network, created between 2011 and 2017, used sophisticated tactics to avoid detection after the company implemented new rules for dealing with automated account use.

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