Saudi Arabia may have done more than use large-scale social media campaigns to stifle political opposition. New York Times sources claim the country was ”grooming” a Twitter engineer, Ali Alzabarah, to snoop on the accounts of dissidents and other targets. Western officials reportedly warned Twitter in late 2015 that Alzabarah had not only grown close to Saudi intelligence agents, but had agreed to spy on multiple user accounts. The social network suspended him and conducted an investigation that turned up no evidence of handing data to the Saudis, but they fired him all the same in December the same year.

Källa: Saudi Arabia reportedly asked Twitter employee to spy on dissidents