Elon Musk’s attempt to buy Twitter exposed the company’s underbelly.
Now people are beginning to ask a lot of questions about the social media giant.
And Twitter made one huge mistake that put everyone’s privacy at risk.
Elon Musk’s Twitter deal fell apart when he claimed that he could not verify the number of fake accounts on the platform, thus limiting his chances to monetize the platform.
Twitter whistleblower Peiter Zatko bolstered Musk’s suspicion that the number of fake accounts could be as high as 33%.
And Zatko testified before Congress that Twitter knew it had at least one Chinese spy in its ranks.
Reuters reported that “the FBI informed Twitter of at least one Chinese agent working at the company, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday where a whistleblower testified, raising new concerns about foreign meddling at the influential social media platform. Peiter ‘Mudge’ Zatko, a famed hacker who served as Twitter’s head of security until his firing in January, said some Twitter employees were concerned the Chinese government would be able to collect data on the company’s users. Twitter has come under fire previously for lax security, most notably in 2020 when teenage hackers seized control of dozens of high-profile accounts, including the verified profile of former U.S. President Barack Obama…Zatko’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed Twitter’s security issues could be far more serious, alleging for the first time that the company was informed of agents of the Chinese government working at the social media firm.”
The revelation from Zatko is disconcerting, especially when considering how vigilant Twitter has been regarding “disinformation.”
For example, Twitter blocked The New York Post Hunter Biden “laptop from hell” bombshell report from being shared and locked The Post out of its account; Twitter users were not even allowed to share the story through private direct messages.
Meanwhile, the company purportedly had no qualms with an actual spy in its midst.
Reuters added that “Zatko said on Tuesday he recalled a conversation with another Twitter executive about concerns that a foreign agent was inside the company. The executive responded ‘Well, since we already have one, what does it matter if we have more?’”
It’s no wonder people at Twitter were initially so panicked about Musk buying the company.
They were probably terrified of the malfeasance he would’ve uncovered.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.