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Twitter Looks at Your DMs and Saves those for Later

17 January 2018

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A member of Project Veritas met with one of Twitter's senior network security engineers, Clay Haynes, secretly recording and then publicly sharing clips of their conversation. Project Veritas' James O'Keefe even released a video on YouTube on Monday that allegedly showcased how some Twitter engineers are accessing personally shared DMs.

"We enforce strict access protocols for those employees".

Pranay Singh, Twitter Engineer, Says "All your sex messages... d*ck pics... like, all the girls you've been f*cking around with, they're are on my server now..."
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The video was originally posted by Project Veritas, a news site run by conservative USA political activist James O'Keefe, who has connections to the founder of Breitbart, a notorious far-right outlet.

"Everything you send is stored on my server", Singh boasted in a meeting with Project Veritas on January 5, 2018.

"All your sex messages and your, like, dick pics are on my server now..."

"So, what happens is like, you like, write something or post pictures on line, they never go away..." "Like, they are always on there", Singh claims. "Because even after you send them, people are, like, analysing them, to see what you're interested in, to see what you're talking about, and they sell that data", he says.

Twitter did not answer questions about the number of employees who have such access or the specifics of precautions it takes to protect sensitive user data.

The conservative activist group's video purports to show Twitter employees saying that the company not only has access to, but also actively reads, users' DMs.

Another Twitter engineer, Mihai Florea, who has been with the company for three years, admitted that selling data to advertisers is "how we make most of our money".

Even as the new expose looked set to trigger panic among Twitter users, a former company employee said the video showed an exaggerated version of the situation. "Yes, they're paid to look at d*ck pics", one of Twitter employees said in the Project Veritas footage.

Twitter Looks at Your DMs and Saves those for Later