Twitter misleading the public, whistleblower says

Twitter’s former head of security, Peiter Zatko, has told US lawmakers the firm is “misleading the public” about how secure the platform really is.

He claimed Twitter was “a decade behind” security standards, that users’ data is not sufficiently protected and that too many staff have access to it.

Mr Zatko was giving evidence following an 84-page long whistleblowing complaint he made about security practices inside the social network.

He was fired by the firm in January.

He also said “one-time fines” imposed by regulators over breaches of rules on data protection “didn’t bother Twitter at all”.

In his damning testimony, Mr Zatko described an organisation prioritising revenue generation above everything else.

At the start of the hearing he grew tearful about his role as a whistleblower, saying it was not a decision he had taken lightly.

“I’m risking my career and reputation… if something good comes out of it five or ten years down the line, it will be worth it,” he said later…

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