Twitter Ex-Employee Told Company Secrets

Twitter’s troubles over fake accounts don’t end there. First, the $44 billion deal was canceled by Elon Musk, who does not believe in data on bots. Now, the company was accused of underestimating this indicator by its former head of the security service.

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What happened?

Claims to Twitter were made by the ex-head of the company’s security, Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, known in certain circles as the hacker Mudge. He claims that social network has problems not only with the abundance of fake accounts but also with security.

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But Peiter Zatko was fired from the company this year, after which he filed a complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In his statement, he pointed to “gross violations”, including data security and content moderation.

The ex-Twitter employee insists that the company’s top managers, including its head Parag Agrawal, deliberately underestimate the data on bots, reporting an indicator of less than 5%.

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What exactly did the employee say?

Some of the company’s top executives deliberately cover up serious Twitter vulnerabilities, and several employees may work for a foreign intelligence service. 

In addition, Twitter cannot reliably delete user data after they delete their accounts, the ex-employee said.

In addition, a former Twitter employee said that the company’s executives have neither the resources to calculate the true number of bots on the platform nor the motivation to do so.

According to the data, Zatko worked as the head of Twitter’s security service and reported directly to the CEO.

According to information, Zatko was fired from Twitter in January, according to the company, due to low efficiency. According to an ex-Twitter employee, he had previously tried to report security vulnerabilities to the company’s board and help the company fix long-standing technical shortcomings.

Elon Musk’s reaction

Earlier, entrepreneur Elon Musk, who planned to buy the company for $44 billion, accused the management of the social network Twitter of fraudulent actions and distortion of key indicators.

Analysts note that the accusation of the ex-employee fell into the hands of Elon Musk, who is suing the social network. According to the publication, the billionaire’s lawyers are already negotiating with him.

In mid-August, it became known about Musk’s first victory: according to a court decision, Twitter must transfer to the billionaire part of the data on the method of verifying the authenticity of accounts in the social network.

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