Twitter’s recently fired head of security is alleging that the social media platform poses a privacy threat to its 238 million daily users, including government agencies and officials, constituting a national security concern.
The claim was made by Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, a computer hacker who had been hired by former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Zatko’s accusations, including alleged “extreme, egregious deficiencies” in Twitter’s practices to combat spam and hacking, are contained in a whistleblower document sent on July 6 to three U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Justice.
CNN and The Washington Post first reported details of the complaint Tuesday. A redacted version of the 84-page document was sent to the U.S. Congress.
Zatko “was fired from his senior executive role at Twitter in January 2022 for ineffective leadership and poor performance,” a Twitter spokesperson, who did not want to be identified by name, said in a statement to VOA.