Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Washington Post:
Yes, these are explosive claims that could be extremely damaging to Twitter. You’re absolutely right that Twitter has had security issues over the years, security disaster, many would say.
But now we have Peiter Zatko, Mudge, alleging they were lying to the board, they were lying to investors, they were lying to regulators. And these are huge allegations. He says that too many employees had access to the company’s internal systems, that the security was so bad that Twitter was literally on the verge of shutting down, that they didn’t delete the data they claimed to have deleted, that he tried to present contrary information to the board and was prevented by the CEO.
And one thing when you think, OK, why does the average person care, because not everyone is on Twitter, Twitter is an incredibly influential platform, because it has politicians, it has influencers, public figures.
And what happens on Twitter can influence the stock price of companies, it can cause national security alerts. Imagine if someone saw on Twitter that there was a bomb in the White House. This would freak the public out.
And so if Twitter’s security, as Mudge claims, is as weak as he claims, then you have this exposure to bad actors who can then influence public discourse, whether it’s about politics, the future of businesses or security, public safety.