“Mr. Zatko was terminated from his senior executive role at Twitter in January 2022 due to ineffective leadership and poor performance,” a spokesperson told CNN. The spokesperson added, “What we’ve seen so far is a misrepresentation about Twitter and our privacy and data security practices that is full of contradictions and misunderstandings and lacks important context.” Is.”
This latest whistleblower report makes it clear that social media platforms not only pose potential privacy risks to users, but also national security risks. Congress urgently needs to pass a law regulating what data social networks can collect, how they can share it, how they can store it, who can access it and Under what circumstances? Lawmakers also need to give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a specific mandate to closely monitor the security and privacy practices of social media companies. This will ensure that these companies comply with any new regulations. We cannot trust them to maintain their data collection and sharing and security standards.
Consider the impact of a social media company’s inadequate security protocols. If a company lacks adequate safeguards to protect user passwords or employee accounts, legitimate sources such as high-profile people’s accounts can be hijacked and dangerous, even deadly, claims or instructions issued. can be used to
Further, if a company lacks protections about how many employees have access to user information and security measures to ensure that employees and customers are not hacked, hackers—or even employees—may find themselves vulnerable. Can collect and share sensitive information about users from social media data. with foreign intelligence agencies. Accessing their passwords or private messages could reveal evidence of things like affairs or miscarriages that bad actors could use to try to blackmail them into espionage.
That’s why it’s important for social networks to limit access to sensitive user information, store and share as little user data as possible, and take every possible step to prevent hacks. Zatko’s accusations suggest, at least on Twitter, that’s not happening.
Such threats are serious enough to leave social media companies to manage on their own. We need legislation that strictly limits the number of employees who can access customer data, prohibits sharing that data with third parties, and requires companies to Take strong measures to avoid hacking.
Congress needs to act immediately to protect social media users and the nation from the possibility of these types of breaches.