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Whistleblower linked Twitter to fake accounts

Former Twitter security chief Pater Zatko, known as “Maj”, claims the social network lied about its fight against fake accounts.

The question is at the heart of the legal dispute between the social network and Elon Musk. The billionaire at the head of Tesla and SpaceX has backed out of a nearly $40 billion acquisition of the platform, saying nearly 20% of accounts are not real users. For Twitter, that number is more likely to be around 5%.

“Serious and shocking setbacks”

In an 84-page document sent last month to the U.S. Department of Justice, the country’s stock market regulator and the nation’s antitrust authority, released Tuesday by The Washington Post, Zatko also denounces “serious shortcomings and outrageous willful ignorance and threats to national security and democracy.”

Twitter, for its part, assures that security and data protection are among its priorities, and confirms in a message sent to AFP that the complaint is “riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies.”

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