Certainly one of the highest Republicans in Congress called for an investigation of Twitter over the bombshell whistleblower criticism accusing the social media company of lying about bots, The Post has learned.
NY Rep. Elise Stefanik, chair of the House Republican Conference, said Wednesday the accusations leveled by Twitter’s former head of security Peiter Zatko are a direct threat to national security.
Zatko’s criticism filed with the Federal Trade Commission in July alleged “extreme, egregious deficiencies” in Twitter’s security measures against hackers.
It also claimed “a number of current employees could also be working for foreign intelligence services,” in accordance with CNN.
“Twitter was not only deliberately hiding the quantity of bot accounts, but in addition they allegedly had foreign agents working for the platform,” Stefanik, the No. 3-ranked GOP member within the House, told The Post in an exclusive interview.
Twitter didn’t reply to a request for comment from The Post.
Zatko is slated to look in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing Sept. 13. Stefanik wants her investigation to focus specifically into how Twitter suppressed stories the social media giant disagreed with.
“The important thing here is exposing how the intelligence community worked with Twitter to push stories they need from bots — and suppressed others, namely the Hunter Biden laptop story,” she told The Post.
Twitter briefly suspended The Post’s account in 2020 after the laptop exposé revealed the existence of tens of 1000’s of emails between the president’s son and business associates. The emails revealed how Biden’s son leveraged his political access in his overseas business dealings.
Former head of security at Twitter Peter Zatko has alleged potential bias at Twitter.The Washington Post via Getty Im
A Republican-led investigation would only come if the GOP managed to wrest control of the House within the upcoming midterms.
“For much too long Big Tech has operated with unchecked power. It’s time their unchecked power involves an end,” Stefanik said.
Zatko’s allegations — which surfaced last week — alleged Twitter was lax with user data, had didn’t implement basic security measures, and underreported the variety of bots on its website.
Twitter has denied those claims.
Zatko’s criticism led Elon Musk to request the possibility to amend his suit against Twitter within the mogul’s bid to wriggle free from the $44 billion deal to purchase the corporate.
The five-day trial is scheduled to start in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17. Musk has asked for the trial to be pushed back to November.