Questions swirl after Project Veritas video
The revelation that Twitter employees can read everyone’s private messages has prompted some to ask if resentful anti-Trump staffers could leak sensitive information from the president’s own account.
Earlier today, Project Veritas dropped a new undercover video in which Clay Haynes, a senior network security engineer at Twitter, acknowledged that the social media company had the power to do things that were “actually very terrifying”.
When asked to explain, Haynes responded, “We have full access to every single person’s account, every single direct message, deleted direct messages, deleted tweets.”
The engineer went on to add that he would be “more than happy to help the Department of Justice in their little investigation” by providing them with “every single tweet that [Trump] has posted, even the ones he’s deleted. Any direct messages, any mentions.”
This prompted some to wonder whether employees working for the notoriously far-left company would abuse this power to sabotage Donald Trump.
“Hey @jack, are Twitter employees accessing @realDonaldTrump’s DMs and passing them on to Democrat operatives and reporters? The new @Project_Veritas video demands answers,” asked Mark Dice.
Although it’s highly unlikely that Trump personally uses Twitter’s direct message service to communicate with anyone (he prefers to call people), it’s not unreasonable to think that members of his staff use the platform to coordinate both media appearances and narratives.
Trump writes most of his own tweets, but the White House’s director of social media, Dan Scavino, also has access to and uses Trump’s account, according to media reports.
Given Twitter’s direct access to the president’s private messages, it’s not out of bounds to be concerned about this being a national security issue.
After the Project Veritas video was released, Twitter issued a statement which asserted, “The individual depicted in this video was speaking in a personal capacity and does not represent or speak for Twitter. Twitter only responds to valid legal requests, and does not share any user information with law enforcement without such a request.”
Last year, a Twitter employee infamously deleted Donald Trump’s account for about 10 minutes on his last day of working for the company. Bahtiyar Duysak later claimed the deletion was a “mistake,” although he admitted setting the process in motion in response to a complaint that Trump had violated Twitter’s terms of service.
“My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact,” Trump subsequently tweeted.