Aug 23, 2022

Twitter whistleblower questions firm's bot count

Peiter Zatko's revelations, revealed by CNN and the Washington Post, have been seized upon by lawyers for Elon Musk.Mr Musk is trying to end his bid to buy Twitter, disputing its information on the number of fake accounts it has. Twitter says Mr Zatko's allegations contain many inaccuracies and inconsistencies. In a whistleblower complaint filed in July with US regulators, former head of security Mr Zatko accuses Twitter bosses of having little incentive to accurately identify or report total spam bots on the platform. In addition to his claims about bots, reports say Mr Zatko raised a number of criticisms of Twitter's security and the way in which it handled sensitive information. A Twitter spokesperson said: "What we've seen so far is a false narrative about Twitter and our privacy and data-security practices that is riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies and lacks important context."Mr. Zatko's allegations and opportunistic timing appear designed to capture attention and inflict harm on Twitter, its customers and its shareholders.

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