Twitter executives face questions from employees after whistleblower claims
Twitter’s executives defended the company, and themselves, in a meeting with employees on Wednesday, one day after news broke that a former executive had blown the whistle on the company.
CEO Parag Agrawal opened the company-wide meeting by pushing back on claims made by Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, Twitter’s former head of security. Zatko’s whistleblower disclosure alleges Twitter’s security practices are so poor they pose a threat to national security and democracy and claimed some of the company’s executive team have tried to cover it up.
Agrawal said a “false narrative” has been created about the company, which “is currently challenging our integrity.” He added: “I know that that can be frustrating, and I know it can be challenging.”
Details of the call were shared with CNN by a Twitter employee. A Twitter spokesperson said the meeting was part of its regularly scheduled company-wide meetings, and had been planned before news of the disclosure reached Twitter.
Twitter has pushed back on Zatko’s allegations, which were first reported by CNN and The Washington Post. The company says Zatko’s whistleblower disclosure is “riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies and lacks important context.” It also says Zatko was fired for ineffective leadership and poor performance. (Zatko says he was fired in retaliation for internally sounding the alarm on Twitter’s security practices.)
In the meeting Wednesday, Sean Edgett, Twitter’s general counsel, said the company reached out to regulators and “various agencies around the world” when the company learned about the allegations being made by Zatko.
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