Whistleblower calls out Twitter for spambots and mishandling user data

What you need to know

  • A former Twitter employee has revealed troubling security policies at the company.
  • It’s alleged that Twitter does not have the resources to ascertain the number of bots on its platform.
  • Twitter and Elon Musk have publicly squabbled over the platform’s bot count.
  • The social media platform denies the allegations made by the former employee, which are currently being investigated.

As if the situation with Elon Musk wasn’t enough, Twitter’s problems are being conflated by allegations emerging from a former employee. According to the employee, Twitter has functioned under questionable security and privacy practices while not being completely honest about bots.

The report comes from both CNN and The Washington Post, which obtained a disclosure sent to Congress where the whistleblower, Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, alleges concerning security practices and mishandling of user data.