Accusations of the Saudi Telecom Company of spying on its customers

Accusations of the Saudi Telecom Company of spying on its customers


The Saudi Telecom Company “stc” called on its users to link their “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.

The Saudi authorities 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 various ways to obtain their identities.

The most prominent of those accounts, an account called “Kashkool”, media said that the authorities accused the prominent writer Turki Al-Jasser of standing behind him, and arrested him in March 2018, and there were many reports of his death in mysterious circumstances inside the prison.

The Saudi government is accused of using employees, some of them Saudis, inside the “Twitter” company to obtain information about opposition activities abroad.

The Kingdom is using its strong relationship with the UAE to benefit from the information at the Twitter regional office in Dubai.

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