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At Twitter whistleblower hearing, a prominent tech regulator faces scathing backlash

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Peiter Zatko

Twitter wasn’t the only target of criticism when a whistleblower spoke at a contentious Senate session this week. Both liberal and conservative lawmakers frequently chastised federal authorities who were supposed to have been closely monitoring the corporation for years.

“I’m concerned that for almost 10 years the Federal Trade Commission didn’t know or didn’t take strong enough action to ensure Twitter complied with the consent decree” it signed with the agency in 2011, said Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Republican. “Congress should … be mindful of the FTC’s ability, or lack thereof, to successfully oversee these important issues.”

Committee chair Dick Durbin also signaled concerns about the FTC when he asked the whistleblower, Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, to grade US regulatory agencies’ performance in light of his Twitter allegations.

“Honestly, I think the FTC is a little, you know, over their head,” Zatko replied.
An FTC spokesperson declined to comment for this story.
The sharp, bipartisan remarks from members of Congress and Zatko, Twitter’s (TWTR (TWTR)) head of security from November 2020 until this January, highlight the growing frustration inside and outside Washington about the struggle to hold Silicon Valley accountable after years of scrutiny — even as lawmakers held yet another hearing in an attempt to do just that.Twitter
The scathing, bipartisan comments from Congressmen and Zatko, Twitter’s (TWTR (TWTR)) head of security from November 2020 until this January, highlight the mounting resentment in and around Washington over the failure to hold Silicon Valley accountable after years of scrutiny, even as lawmakers held yet another hearing in an effort to do just that.
“Some of the foreign regulators were much more feared than the FTC,” Zatko said, noting that France’s privacy regulator “terrified Twitter in comparison.”
According to Zatko’s testimony, French investigators into potential privacy violations frequently demanded Twitter provide quantitative data quickly to support the company’s claims of compliance and were known to issue stern warnings about severe penalties for noncompliance that might seriously impede Twitter’s future growth.
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Awanish Kumar

By Awanish Kumar

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