Twitter: Protect Consumer Privacy and National Security

Target: Lina Khan, Chair of Federal Trade Commission

Goal: Investigate security threats allegedly running rampant at Twitter.

A damning whistleblower report has put social media giant Twitter under even more intense scrutiny. According to the company’s former head of security, Peiter Zatko, serious vulnerabilities endanger user privacy and could put the very security of the nation itself at risk. These concerns are currently under investigation by Congress.

The allegations related to individual privacy include claims that information about users is stored even after an account is deleted, which is an infraction of federal laws. In addition, the whistleblower alleges that employees at all levels have unfettered access to the company’s central system. More troubling still, some of these employees may be foreign spies. Aside from possibly accessing the private information of countless individuals, these potential agents could be leveraging Twitter’s weak spots to create bots and sow disinformation and discord. Accusations have also been leveled that high-ranking executives are fully aware of these problems and are intentionally misleading consumers, board members, and regulators.

The troubling report has prompted several top leaders to urge a full Federal Trade Commission Investigation. Sign the petition below to support these calls to action.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chair Khan,

Serious security incidents should not be a once-a-week occurrence at any credible company catering to consumers. Yet according to a Twitter whistleblower, these incidents are the norm rather than the exception. Disinformation campaigns and the high-profile hack that occurred in 2020 may just be the tip of the iceberg. If the reported allegations are true, lackadaisical monitoring of user data, internal threats to consumer privacy and national security, and rampant cover-ups all fester behind the curtains at this highly influential social media giant.

Senators have implored this agency to take action. In a letter, they warned, “if the Commission does not vigorously oversee and enforce its orders, they will not be taken seriously and these dangerous breaches will continue.” Please launch an investigation to secure answers for the millions of individuals who entrust Twitter with their most private and valued information.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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