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The lawsuit between Twitter and Elon Musk: Third person accuses Twitter of being a ‘lie’

A former Twitter security chief has provided a document in which he denounces the company’s serious deficiencies in terms of privacy, security and content moderation.

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A former Twitter security chief has provided a document in which he denounces the company’s “serious shortcomings” with respect to privacy, security and content moderation.

Mr. Peiter Zatko, who has just presented on Twitter

The complaint has just been filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.

The lawsuit was brought by the nonprofit law firm Whistleblower Aid, on behalf of former Twitter security chief Peiter Zatko. Whistleblower Aid has also represented Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen.

In a complaint filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Zatko alleges that he “witnessed senior executives’ involvement in fraudulent and/or misleading communications affecting members of the Board of Directors.” board, users and shareholders” several times in 2021, during which Zatko was asked by Parag CEO Agrawal to provide false and misleading documents.

The news was also reported by The Washington Post and CNN.

Zatko accused Twitter of failing to adequately address four critical issues for the Board: outdated software lacking basic security measures, “overarching issues” over who can access or control information. systems and data, internal processes involved, and “the volume and frequency of security incidents involving large amounts of user data is practically staggering.”

Zatko also alleges that more than half of Twitter’s 500,000 servers are running outdated software and that more than a quarter of employee computers have software updates disabled that could provide security patches. importance. importance.

He said widespread employee access to Twitter’s systems and data was “unprecedented for a company the size of Twitter.”

If government regulators find that Twitter misled consumers about its security protocols, Twitter could be found to be in violation of a 2011 agreement with the Federal Trade Commission.

At the time, Twitter was banned for 20 years for misleading consumers about how the company protected users’ safety and personal information. The agreement also requires Twitter to create and maintain a comprehensive information security program that will be evaluated by an independent auditor for 10 years.

A spokesman for the Senate Intelligence Committee said in a statement that the panel has also received the complaint and is in the process of setting up a meeting to discuss the allegations in more detail: please take this matter very seriously.”

Peiter Zatko’s complaint also mentions Twitter misinformation about billionaire Elon Musk, who is embroiled in a legal battle. Musk is seeking to withdraw his agreement with Twitter, as he “questions the accuracy of Twitter’s claim that” less than 5% of accounts are ‘bots’ or automated spam accounts. ”

An attorney representing Zatko said that Mr. Zatko had no connection to Mr. Musk and that Mr. Zatko’s claim was factual.

“We have issued a subpoena to Mr. Zatko,” Alex Spiro, an attorney for Elon Musk’s Quinn Emanuel, told CNBC. We found that he and other key employees could help with Twitter’s problems.”

Musk and Twitter will meet in court in October, where Delaware Justice Court Judge Kathaleen McCormick will determine whether Musk is required to complete the Twitter acquisition.

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