In this context, the Saudi Telecom Company “stc” called on its users to link the “stc pay” electronic wallet to their Twitter accounts.
The company explained that this procedure helps it provide the best service to its customers, without further explanation.
Activists, in turn, accused the telecommunications company of spying on citizens, saying that linking the account to “Twitter” means access to activists’ information and thus providing the authorities with it, which may cause harm to them.
It is noteworthy that “STC” Saudi Arabia; Also known as: Saudi Telecom Company, it is the main branch of the Saudi STC Group, and the first operator of telecommunications services in Saudi Arabia.
And Saudi Arabia has previously faced accusations of planting spies on the social networking site “Twitter” to obtain information and data for many tweeters, especially those opposed to the government in the Kingdom and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The accusations came through the US Department of Justice, which directly accused former employees of the “Twitter” company of spying for the kingdom, and it became clear that one of them had previously met the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz, and the Crown Prince, which puts a question about the relationship of the king and his son in this case directly. .
The Saudi authorities had arrested many activists on the background of tweets criticizing the situation and the current approach of the Kingdom, and it is noteworthy that many of the detainees were writing with fake names, but the authorities were able in different ways to obtain their identities.
The most prominent of these accounts, an account called “Kashkool,” media said that the authorities accused the prominent writer Turki Al-Jasser of being behind him, and arrested him in March 2018, and there were many reports of his death in mysterious circumstances inside the prison.
The Kingdom is using its strong relationship with the UAE to benefit from the information at the Twitter regional office in Dubai.
And the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has previously published photos of Saudi suspects accused of spying for Saudi Arabia, on the wanted list, one of them worked on the popular social networking site “Twitter”.
On November 7, 2019, the FBI website mentioned some details about Saudi citizens Ahmed Al-Mutairi and Ali Al-Zubara, in addition to publishing their photos.
“The stolen data included the e-mail addresses, phone numbers and Internet Protocol addresses of Saudi dissidents and critics of the Saudi government,” the prosecution document said in the US Department of Justice.
The investigation office accused Al-Mutairi of acting as a liaison between Twitter employees and the Saudi government. According to the same document.
Al-Zabara was accused of “using his ability as an employee in Twitter to collect sensitive and unavailable information about dissidents and opponents of the Saudi regime.”
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