Federal prosecutors have charged two former Twitter employees with spying on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government, The Washington Post first reported.

The criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday alleges that the former employees snooped on the accounts of people who were critical of Saudi Arabia.

The defendants allegedly spied on more than 6,000 Twitter accounts beginning in 2015 at Saudi Arabia's behest.

A Twitter spokesperson said the company is thankful for the Justice Department's investigation but declined to answer questions about what role the employees held in the company.

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Two former employees of Twitter have been charged with spying on more than 6,000 users' accounts at the request of the Saudi Arabian government, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.

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