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Twitter accused of helping Saudi Arabia commit human rights abuses

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🗞️ Driving the news: Social media platform X (formerly Twitter), faces allegations in a US civil lawsuit of assisting Saudi Arabia in grave human rights abuses
• The claim states that the platform disclosed confidential user data to Saudi authorities that was instrumental in the government’s crackdown on dissent

🔭 The context: In 2014 and 2015, Saudi agents infiltrated Twitter and posed as employees, leading to the arrest and exposure of thousands of anonymous users, some of whom were reportedly detained and tortured
• According to the lawsuit, the platform was aware of, or willfully ignored, the Saudi government's intentions to target critics due to financial motivations 

🌎 Why it matters for the planet: These events underscore how global tech giants can inadvertently support oppressive regimes, with broad societal and ethical implications

💬 One quote: “The new legal filing comes days after Human Rights Watch condemned a Saudi court for sentencing a man to death based solely on his Twitter and YouTube activity,” (Stephanie Kirchgaessner, journalist)

📈 One stat: Between July and December 2015, Twitter responded to Saudi Arabia's information requests more frequently than to requests from Canada, the UK, Australia, or Spain

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