Twitter can’t afford to be one of the world’s most influential websites

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In the weeks leading to Twitter’s launch of a new fact-checking program to combat misinformation, experts at the company warned managers that the project could be easily exploited by conspiracy theorists.

Those warnings — which went unheeded — almost came true. The night before the invitation-only project, called Birdwatch, launched, in 2021, engineers and managers learned that they had inadvertently accepted a proponent of the violent conspiracy theory QAnon into the program —which would have enabled them to publicly annotate news-related tweets to help people determine their veracity.

The details of Twitter’s near-miss with Birdwatch came to light as part of an explosive whistleblower complaint filed in July by the platform’s former head of security, Peiter Zatko. Zatko had commissioned an external audit of Twitter’s capabilities to fight misinformation and it was included in his complaint. The Post obtained the audit and the complaint from…

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This article was written by Elizabeth Dwoskin and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com