Washington, Aug 25 – The co-founder and former CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey said this Thursday that he regrets having turned the social network into a company, in the midst of the scandal that splashes the platform after the testimony of his former manager of security.
“The biggest problem and my biggest regret is that Twitter became a company,” Dorsey said in a message on the social network.
Twitter has been involved in a great controversy since a former company executive denounced on Tuesday that it has serious cybersecurity problems, has lied to the authorities about them and has neither the capacity nor the interest in determining the number of false accounts in the social network.
Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, former head of Twitter security, reported all this in a report transferred last month to the US Congress and several federal agencies and whose content was disclosed by The Washington Post and CNN.
According to these media, the internal information shared by Zatko describes a company with significant management problems, which among other things allows too many employees to access its central controls and sensitive information without adequate supervision.
In addition, he assures that one or more employees may be working for foreign intelligence services and denounces that company executives have lied to shareholders and regulators about the important security deficiencies of the social network.
The complaint says that “egregious deficiencies, negligence, willful ignorance and threats to national security and democracy” have been detected in the company.
Zatko also points out that Twitter does not properly delete the data of users who cancel their accounts, in some cases because it has lost the information, and that he has misled regulators on the matter.
His report also refers to the issue of the “bots” that populate the social network and that are at the center of the trial that will face Twitter and the billionaire Elon Musk, after he decided to cancel the purchase of the company, in part because he believes that he has not told the truth about the number of false accounts.
According to the former executive, Twitter does not have the necessary resources to really know the number of “bots” and its main managers are not interested in achieving them either.
Zatko worked at the company between November 2020 and January of this year, when he was laid off.
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