Project Veritas published a video exposé that features current and former employees of Twitter. On the video, the subjects are heard discussing not only how Twitter receives and stores and eventually sells user data, they reveal their attitudes toward users’ privacy and the impact of information on their private lives.
In secret recordings, video journalist James O’Keefe and other Project Veritas reporters capture how the employees at the social media giant, which President Donald Trump routinely uses, as their reveal to what extent that Twitter conducts surveillance.
“Everything you send is stored on my server. You can’t [delete it], it’s already on my server now,” declared Direct Messaging Engineer Panay Singh. “So all your sex messages and your, like, dick pics are on my server now. All your illegitimate wives, and, like, all the girls you’ve been fucking around with, they are on my server now.”
Twitter engineer Singh says jokingly, “I’m going to send it to your wife, she’s gonna use it in your divorce.” He went on to say, “So what happens is, like, when you write stuff or when you post pictures online, they never go away. Like, they’re always on there… Even after you send them, people are, like, analyzing them, to see what you’re interested in, to see what you’re talking about, and they sell that data… Everything. Anything you post online.”
Twitter software engineer Mihai Florea validated what Singh claimed. “That’s how we make most of our money,” he explained. “You’re basically paying for the right to use our website with your data basically, and it’s the same on every free website.”
A former engineer for Twitter, Conrado Miranda, told Project Veritas that Twitter “already has a lot of information about you,” even before users join Twitter. Miranda said that there is no way for Twitter to protect users if their information is hacked by nefarious parties.
In a conversation with O’Keefe, Senior Network Security Engineer Clay Haynes said he personally had direct access to Twitter users’ direct messages, likening it to a “creepy Big Brother.” Haynes said “I mean it’s like a level… I don’t want to say it freaks me out, but it disturbs me.”