In a whistleblower complaint first reported by The Washington Post and CNN, former Twitter head of security Peiter “Mudge” Zatko alleges that the social media company misled its board, government regulators and users about issues such as security, inauthentic accounts, and the company’s efforts to address mis- and disinformation. The complaint also alleges that Twitter CEO Parag Agarwal lied, in particular, in public statements concerning Twitter’s handling of so-called “bots” on the platform following Elon Musk’s bid to acquire the company.
The complaint and supporting documents were shared with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, as well as Congress, by Whistleblower Aid, a nonprofit group that is representing Zatko.
For the convenience of Tech Policy Press readers and researchers studying online platforms, below are the documents published to the Washington Post and CNN sites, made searchable and downloadable. The documents include:
- A document prepared by Zatko titled “Issues and Objections Regarding Twitter InfoSec Information and the Q4 2021 Twitter Risk Committee”
- A document titled “Current State Assessment” that “details the current state of Twitter’s misinformation and disinformation capabilities”
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