Twitter Is Sued By Sister Of Arrested Saudi Dissident, Accused Of Leaking Private Information

The sister of an imprisoned Saudi dissident has filed a lawsuit against Twitter, claiming that the company did little to prevent employees having access to user data which they could use to disclose his identity to Saudi agents who later arrested him. The case was filed in the Northern District of California by Areej Al-Sadhan, an American citizen, on behalf of herself and her brother, Abdulrahman Al-Sadhan, who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence in Saudi Arabia for prejudicing public order and supporting “terrorism” after what the lawsuit calls a sham trial. The lawsuit claims that Twitter, prior to or during 2018, long before Twitter was purchased by Elon Musk in 2022, repeatedly failed to crack down on spies sending personal information on thousands of anonymous users to the Saudi regime. We obtained a copy of the complaint for you here. From the lawsuit: “In 2018, Plaintiff Abdulrahman, a target of the Saudi Criminal Enterprise, disappeared. Plaintiff Areej and her family were devastated, helpless, and fearful for her brother’s safety. For two years, Plaintiff Areej did not know where he was or if he was alive. Plaintiff Areej did what she could—she spoke out loudly against Defendant KSA. After Plaintiff Areej’s activism brought international pressure on Defendant KSA and highlighted how Plaintiff Abdulrahman was arbitrarily detained without charges against him, Defendant KSA brought baseless allegations against him—primarily related to his U.S.-based, protected speech on Twitter—in a sham trial before sentencing him to 20 years in prison, with the principal purpose…Twitter Is Sued By Sister Of Arrested Saudi Dissident, Accused Of Leaking Private Information