Twitter Denies Spying On Your DMs After This Leaked Video Appears To Suggest They Do
16 January 2018, 12:09 | Updated: 16 January 2018, 12:11
Leaked video footage showing a Twitter employee claiming hundreds of staff look through DMs emerged this week.
Twitter have responded to allegations that their staff read everything you post online - including DMs - following leaked video footage showing Twitter engineer Clay Haynes telling an activist associated with right-wing organisation Project Veritas that "three or four hundred people," at Twitter were "paid to look at d*ck pics."
Hi @ggreenwald, given your news beat I thought you would care about this massive invasion of privacy and abuse of power at @Twitter. “Hundreds” of engineers storing, sharing and privately laughing about the collection of private pictures inside deleted DMs! pic.twitter.com/RDiYVjna2F— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 15, 2018
Responding to the allegations, Twitter told BuzzFeed, "We do not proactively review DMs. Period," but added that "A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and we enforce strict access protocols for those employees.
A former employee at Twitter said that while the details in the leaked video were "technically accurate to a degree," they had been "exaggerated for effect by drunk idiots."