Federal law enforcement is suing ex-Twitter employees who supposedly spied for Saudi Arabia. The Department of Justice has accused Ahmad Abouammo and Ali Alzabarah with employing their combined access to observe Twitter accounts in support of the Government of Saudi. Abouammmo supposedly snooped on 3 accounts that comprised disclosing inner info of Saudi management. Alzabarah is accused to have got personal data for over 6,000 accounts, comprising that of high-profile dissenter Omar Abdulaziz.
A 3rd man accused simultaneously, Ahmed Almutairi, is also going through spying charges but did not work at Twitter. Rather, he supposedly acted as a mediator for the Twitter staffers and the Saudi government.
As per both hints in the condemnation and a media source, the trio allegedly joined hands with Bader Al Asaker, a Saudi executive who operates a charity owned by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The Department of Justice stated that Asaker in 2014 began grooming the Twitter workers in an effort to get info. Asaker gave Abouammo almost $300,000 (in addition to $20,000 Hublot watch) for his espionage operation, while Alzabarah supposedly turned out to be the director of private office for bin Salman.
On a related note, after months of experimenting, Twitter is (almost) prepared to allow you follow complete subjects instead of separate users. The social media behemoth has declared that its Topics functionality is launching out now and will be accessible all over the world from this week. Select from more than 300 subjects (such as the entertainment world, sports, and gaming) and you will see posts on the topics from official accounts that you do not otherwise follow. This can assist if you are not sure of whom to follow or just do not wish to follow specific accounts every time. Additional updates will include more subjects, Rob Bishop from Twitter claimed to the media.
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