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Demand an investigation of Twitter!

Elon Musk now owns Twitter. But do you know who else recently bought a minority stake in the company? The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Yes, you read that right. The Saudi state is now a part-owner of the Kingdom Holding Company – a company that, along with its CEO Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, is Twitter’s largest shareholder after Musk. 

We already know Saudi Arabia uses Twitter to monitor dissidents, blatantly violating the privacy of people. Earlier this year, a former Twitter employee was convicted by a federal jury for spying for Saudi Arabia. That former employee accessed the private information of people under the orders of the Saudi government. And just a few weeks ago, the Saudi government also arrested and sentenced a U.S. citizen to 16 years in prison for tweeting things critical of the Saudi government. 

A government that uses Twitter for such nefarious purposes now has an ownership stake in the company. With this new ownership structure, Twitter – a service used by activists, dissidents, and regular people the world over who don’t want authoritarians snooping in their DMs – could be turned into a tool of Saudi government surveillance. If that doesn’t scare you — it should. And that’s why Senator Chris Murphy is calling on the Committee on Foreign Investment to investigate if and how U.S. national security is compromised by the change in ownership of Twitter.

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To Secretary Janet Yellen:

I urge you to immediately investigate the national security implications of the change in ownership of Twitter. 


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