The Twitter board is, indeed, covering up its “extreme, egregious deficiencies,” and executives have no idea how many bots are actually on the platform, claims a whistleblower.
So, Elon Musk’s suspicions are right after all. But it’s much bigger than that.
Hear me out. Twitter is little more than a disinformation front posing as an honest, consumer-driven social media site.
This explains a lot about why it was founded from the start.
“Ethical hacker” Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, the social media firm’s former head of security, made the bombshell disclosure to Congress and federal agencies last month. He claimed the tech giant is completely mismanaged with thousands of staff given access to central controls and the most sensitive information without adequate oversight.
Reporting directly to CEO Jack Dorsey and his replacement Parag Agrawal, Zatko said senior executives have been covering up the platform’s biggest vulnerabilities, and even claimed one or multiple employees could be working as a spy for foreign intelligence services.
The whistleblower said bosses have misled the board and regulators about its security flaws that have made it susceptible to hacking, manipulation and disinformation.
In claims that will back up Musk’s legal bid, Zatko also said Twitter chiefs do not have the resources to know how many bots are on the site.
Musk had claimed that Twitter has not been truthful about the number of bots and fake accounts among its 238 million daily active users, and subsequently backed out of his $44 billion takeover deal.
Among Zatko’s observations was that Twitter does not reliably delete user data after an account is canceled – often because staff lost track of it. Zatko worked at Google and the Department of Defense before Twitter.
The disclosure describes his overall findings as “egregious deficiencies, negligence, willful ignorance, and threats to national security and democracy.”
He was appointed to Twitter to recommend changes in structure and practices to bolster its security after a series of damaging compromises that saw users, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Musk, hacked.
He said at the time he will examine “information security, site integrity, physical security, platform integrity – which starts to touch on abuse and manipulation of the platform – and engineering.æ But he was fired in January for what the company claimed was poor performance but what he said was retaliation.
The whistleblower also said he was ordered to present data to give a false impression of progress and then they went behind his back to scrub a consulting firm’s report and hide the extent of the problems.
The disclosure of more than 200 pages was sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Department of Justice last month.
Zatko’s concerns at Twitter grew after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots when he feared a sympathizer within the company could manipulate the platform on what is known as the “production environment.” He added that Twitter could not hold individual workers accountable because it has no control or visibility into their computers, claiming four of 10 devices do not meet basic security standards.
It appears that Twitter is little more than an overpriced, overvalued Big Tech tip-of-the-spear for dirty tricks for shaping public opinion with slanted information.
Do you remember how they hid the biggest story of 2020 on Hunter Biden’s laptop from hell? That alone may have resulted in massive election interference never before seen in the United States. And then the massive follow up of disinformation of “vaccine” mandate policy.
And, finally, the Jan. 6 manipulation.
Was it all coincidence?
It must be a shock to Musk – or maybe not. Perhaps it’s confirmation of a hard truth about one of Big Tech’s realities.
It’s not a real company! It’s a quasi-intelligence operation.
This is the beginning of the end for Twitter.
It’s been exposed.
Let’s hope that this is also the beginning of the death march of Big Tech – and the rise of free speech!
I pray it be so for the survival of this fair republic.
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