Disclosures by a former Twitter executive-turned-whistleblower show that at least one Chinese agent works for the company, Senator Chuck Grassley said in his opening statement during a US Senate hearing on Tuesday.
Testimony from Peiter ‘Mudge’ Zatko, a famous hacker who served as Twitter’s security chief until his sacking last year, comes as Twitter and Elon Musk face court hearings next month to determine whether the $44 billion Tesla boss’ dollar deal (44 billion euros) was closed The social messaging giant should be completed.
Twitter was due to announce the results of a shareholder vote on Mr Musk’s acquisition of the company. A majority have already approved the deal, sources told Reuters.
The San Francisco-based company sued Mr Musk for terminating the agreement, while Tesla’s CEO countered, accusing Twitter of misrepresenting the number of fake and spam accounts on its service.
A judge in Delaware last week ruled that Mr Musk can include Mr Zatko’s whistleblowing claims in his case against Twitter, but denied his request to have the trial postponed.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is questioning Mr. Zatko on his claims that Twitter misled regulators about complying with a 2011 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over improper handling of user data.
Twitter has made “little significant progress on basic security, integrity and privacy systems.”
Since then, Twitter has made “little significant progress on basic security, integrity and privacy systems,” according to Mr Zatko’s complaint filed with regulators in July.
The committee, chaired by Senator Dick Durbin, is also expected to press Mr Zatko on his allegations that one or more Twitter employees worked on behalf of foreign governments.
Mr Durbin, speaking to reporters earlier this week, said Mr Zatko’s claims were “a matter of serious personal and privacy concern”.
Twitter has said Mr Zatko was sacked for “ineffective leadership and poor performance” and his allegations appeared to be aimed at hurting Twitter.
Mr. Zatko’s whistleblower complaint appeared to contain more than two pages of links to supporting documents, such as emails between Mr. Zatko and Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal and an assessment of misinformation and disinformation on Twitter.
The number of documents was limited compared to Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who released thousands of pages of internal material.
https://www.independent.ie/business/world/at-least-one-chinese-agent-operating-at-twitter-claims-whistleblower-as-musk-and-social-network-platform-prepare-for-court-over-44bn-deal-41987179.html “At least one” Chinese agent working at Twitter, whistleblower claims, as Musk and the social media platform prepare for a court hearing over a $44 billion deal