USA/Twitter: A whistleblower was heard by the Senate on September 13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Senate Judiciary Committee will hear former Twitter security chief Peiter “Mudge” Zatko on September 13 after he accused the social network of misleading the country’s regulators.
According to one of his representatives, Peiter Zatko has already spoken to assistants to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, assistants to the chairman of the House Energy and Trade Committee, and staffers from the Senate Intelligence Committee.
In an 84-page complaint, Peiter Zatko, a notorious hacker known by the nickname “Mudge,” accused Twitter of falsely claiming to have a strong security plan and making misleading statements about protecting the social network from hackers and fake ones having made accounts.
He said the tech giant has prioritized growing its user base over tackling fake accounts, adding that company executives will receive bonuses of up to $10 million for increasing the number of daily users of the platform.
Twitter rejected the allegations.
“The Senate Judiciary Committee will continue to investigate this matter … and, if necessary, take additional steps to address these alarming allegations,” said the committee’s Democratic chairman, Richard Durbin, and its top Republican senator, Chuck Grassley.
(Report by Chris Sanders and Raphael Satter; French version by Jean Terzian)
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