<img src = "https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/09/20/gettyimages-1165948314_sq-908c0a85e2792959ff5f48cea2506846ed7c5d48-s100-c15.jpg" data-original = "https: // media .npr.org / assets / img / 2019/09/20 / gettyimages-1165948314_sq-908c0a85e2792959ff5f48cea2506846ed7c5d48-s100.jpg "class =" img lazyOnLoad "alt =" Twitter removes thousands of accounts for the manipulation of its Site Reliability Engineer platform.
Between May 21, 2015 and November 18, 2015, Alzabarah accessed, without permission, the Twitter data from more than 6,000 Twitter users, including at least 33 usernames for whom Saudi Arabian law enforcement was responsible urgent disclosure, "it says in the complaint. Among the accounts he accessed were those of known Saudi government critics.
"One of these accounts belonged to a prominent dissident, Omar Abdulaziz, who later joined with Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist of the Washington Post, freedom of expression in the Arab world," according to the Washington Post .
After Alzabarah was confronted with his superiors on Twitter, he claimed that he had looked at the data out of curiosity. He left the Twitter building in San Francisco on December 2, 2015. The following day, he submitted his resignation by e-mail on the return flight to Saudi Arabia.
A third man, Ahmed Almutairi, aka Ahmed Aljbreen, was also charged with espionage. He is a Saudi citizen who is described in the complaint as the principal of a social media marketing company working for the Saudi royal family. As a suspected mediator between Saudi officials and former employees of Twitter, he is said to have worked in Saudi Arabia with Alzabarah on social media projects "in favor of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".
in a statement states that it is known that "bad actors" will try to undermine their service and that the company "accesses confidential account information to a limited group of trained and certified staff limited".
"We understand the incredible risks faced by many who use Twitter to share their views with the world and hold those responsible to account," the company added. "We have tools to protect privacy and the ability to perform important tasks."