Earlier this week, Project Veritas, which produces undercover sting operations that purportedly expose liberal biases at media companies and other organizations, posted footage that appeared to show Twitter engineers claiming that teams of employees look at users' private data. At least, three or four hundred people. "So, all your sex messages and your like d*ck pics are on my servers now".
Singh emphasized a bad truth about all of the vast amounts of personal data that Twitter hoovers up on a daily basis: it never goes away.
This boils down to the ultimate question: How much information does Twitter have, and what are they doing with it? "Like, they are always on there", Singh claims. Period", but added that "A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and we enforce strict access protocols for those employees.
Engineers were recorded alleging that Twitter analysed the information contained in DMs and sold it to advertisers, prompting the social network to issue a denial.
Singh noted the things you post on Twitter, to include photographs, "never go away", explaining that "even after you send them, people are like analyzing them, to see what you are interested in, to see what you are talking about". A former senior Twitter employee told BuzzFeed that DMs are only accessed or read "in response to a report", such as when one person reports another for harassment through DMs. Florea continues, saying, "You're paying for the right to use our website with your data basically".
"Twitter is aggressively harvesting your personal information and tracking your every movement, selling your virtual dossier to the highest bidder " says Project Veritas Founder James O'Keefe.
Project Veritas has been called out for using unethical and deceitful methods in its investigations, most notably when it tried to trick the Washington Post into publishing a fake story about Roy Moore, who was then battling sexual misconduct allegations during his run for U.S. Senate, in an attempt to discredit the newspaper.