Twitter whistle-blower testimony spurs calls for tech regulator

By Emily Birnbaum and Anna Edgerton

13 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Bloomberg reports that it’s looking more likely that U.S. lawmakers will seek to create a new federal regulator to oversee big tech—particularly after new testimony regarding Twitter this week.

Senators across the ideological spectrum vowed to pursue stricter regulation for social media in response to Tuesday's whistle-blower testimony about what he called the "ticking bomb of security vulnerabilities" at Twitter.

Former Twitter security chief Peiter Zatko, also known by his hacker name "Mudge," spent more than 2 and one-half hours describing a company with outdated software, broad employee access to personal user data and a reactive security policy that had engineers running "from fire to fire." He also spotlighted what he said was ineffective enforcement from the Federal Trade Commission that was "letting companies grade their own homework."

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