United States / Twitter: A whistleblower heard by the Senate on September 13

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hear former Twitter security chief Peiter “Mudge” Zatko on September 13, after he accused the social network of misleading the country’s regulators. .

According to one of his representatives, Peiter Zatko has already spoken with assistants to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, assistants to the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as with the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

In an 84-page complaint, Peiter Zatko, a notorious hacker known by the nickname “Mudge”, accused Twitter of falsely claiming to have a strong security plan in place and making misleading statements about protections of the social network against hackers and fake accounts.

He said the tech giant has prioritized growing its user base over fighting fake accounts, adding that company executives receive bonuses of up to $10 million for increase in the number of daily users of the platform.

Twitter denied the accusations.

“The Senate Judiciary Committee will further investigate this matter … and take additional steps if necessary to address these alarming charges,” said the Democratic chairman of the committee, Richard Durbin, and his top Republican senator, Chuck Grassley.

(Report Chris Sanders and Raphael Satter; French version Jean Terzian)

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