Twitter has misled regulators, says a whistleblower

Twitter has misled regulators, says a whistleblower

by Chavi Mehta

(Reuters) – Twitter has misled US regulators about its ability to defend against hackers and spam accounts, according to a whistleblower complaint.

The social network’s former security chief Peiter Zatko said in his complaint that Twitter falsely claimed to have a strong security plan.

The complaint was filed with the US Treasury, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last month.

According to the document, Twitter would have preferred increasing the number of users to fighting spam accounts.

These allegations come as Twitter has filed a $44 billion lawsuit against Elon Musk for violating the social network’s acquisition agreement.

The Tesla boss canceled the agreement to buy Twitter in early July, accusing the group of breaching its contractual obligations, notably by providing false or incomplete information on the number of fake accounts, allegations that the social network denied.

(Report Chavi Mehta, Ankur Banerjee, Tiyashi Datta, Peter Henderson and Raphael Satter, with contributions by Rick Cowan, written by Ankur Banerjee; French version Camille Raynaud)


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