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Twitter Bots: After Musk cancels the deal, a leaker discloses crucial information

24-Aug-2022 By: Simran Mishra
Twitter Bots: After

Another major scandal erupted around Twitter after a whistleblower revealed that the social media behemoth had lied to regulators about spam accounts. Elon Musk had charged Twitter with withholding material information about the $44 billion transaction.

Twitter omits important statistics?

Peiter Zatko, Twitter's former security chief, reportedly told Reuters that the company allegedly fabricated its hackers and spam accounts' data. He claimed that the Twitter management lacked the tools necessary to determine the precise amount of bots present across the various networks. He emphasises that they take too long to obtain the information.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission all received Zatko's complaint last month. According to the report, the former security chief for Twitter declined to react when asked for comment. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, and the social media behemoth are already engaged in court proceedings.

The world's richest person denied pursuing the Twitter accusation. Musk claimed that the social media behemoth was concealing important information in violation of the agreement. He said Twitter didn't disclose how they determine the percentage of bots using the service. The trial, though, is set for October 17, 2022.

Bots allegations surface at a critical moment

Prior to this, Twitter reported a reduction in revenue due to the legal dispute with Musk. In 2022, its revenue fell from $1.19 billion to $1.18 billion. Additionally, the corporation fell short of the $1.32 billion average analyst projection. While it reported a $270 million loss. Zatko, also known as its hacker alias "Mudge," announced in January that he no longer serves as the position's head of security. However, the business stated that he was let go due to his subpar performance.

Zatko's most recent accusation caught everyone's attention as Musk raised questions about Twitter's security.

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