Twitter’s Indian-origin CEO Parag Agrawal has lashed out on the firm’s former head of safety, Peiter ‘Mudge’ Zatko, saying his false claims are “riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies, and offered with out necessary context”.
Agrawal got here out within the open on bots controversy after a very long time, as Zatko who was fired by the corporate in January this yr over ‘poor efficiency’ claimed on Tuesday that Twitter lied in regards to the precise variety of bots on its platform and misled federal regulators about customers’ information security.
“There are information studies outlining claims about Twitter’s privateness, safety, and information safety practices that have been made by Mudge Zatko, a former Twitter govt who was terminated in January 2022 for ineffective management and poor efficiency,” Agrawal stated in an inner message despatched to the workers.
“We’re reviewing the redacted claims which were revealed, however what we’ve seen up to now is a false narrative that’s riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies, and offered with out necessary context,” he famous.
Zatko additionally alleged that the Indian authorities compelled the micro-blogging platform to rent a “authorities agent” and permit him entry to customers’ delicate information, a declare that was trashed by Twitter.
Agrawal stated that that is irritating and complicated to learn, “given Mudge was accountable for a lot of points of this work that he’s now inaccurately portraying greater than six months after his termination”.
“However none of this takes away from the necessary work you may have carried out and proceed to do to safeguard the privateness and safety of our clients and their information,” he informed staff.
Based on Zatko’s whistleblower disclosure with the the US Securities and Alternate Fee (SEC), obtained by CNN and The Washington Publish, Twitter has “main safety issues that pose a menace to its personal customers’ private data, to firm shareholders, to nationwide safety, and to democracy”.
Agrawal stated that given the highlight on Twitter in the mean time, “we are able to assume that we are going to proceed to see extra headlines within the coming days — it will solely make our work more durable”.
“We are going to pursue all paths to defend our integrity as an organization and set the file straight,” Agrawal informed staff.