India took a serious view of the disclosures made by Twitter’s former employee as it asked one of its executives in India to appear before it on Thursday 25 August. The government summon was based on the disclosure that Indian agents had access to user data on Twitter. The allegations have been levelled by former micro-blogging site security head Peiter Mudge Zatko. The popular hacker ‘Mudge’ has also alleged that India forced Twitter to hire local employees on a full-time basis for such a purpose.
Zatko, 84-page revelation on Twitter has come after he was fired from the micro-blogging site, earlier this year. Mudge has also raised concerns about loopholes in the microblogging site security system and said that Parag Agarwal is lying.
What Has Twitter Said?
“What we’ve seen so far is a false narrative about Twitter and our privacy and data security practices that are riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies and lacks important context. Mr Zatko’s allegations and opportunistic timing appear designed to capture attention and inflict harm on Twitter, its customers and its shareholders. Security and privacy have long been company-wide priorities at Twitter and will continue to be,” the company spokesperson said.
Twitter Run-ins With India
The disclosure comes at a time when the micro-blogging site is engaged in a legal battle with the Government over its order to block accounts. The micro-blogging site had moved Karnataka High Court in an attempt to get relief in executing arbitrary government orders. Twitter is also engaged in a legal battle with Elon Musk in the US.
Earlier this month the government of India withdrew its Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. According to the government, the bill was withdrawn due to the recommendations proposed by the Joint Committee of Parliament. The government said it is working to come up with a comprehensive bill on data protection. The government aims to protect the privacy of users’ data through the bill. The data protection bill is in the works since 2018.
Twitter In India
India is placed third when in terms of total users. The US is placed at the number one position with 69.3 million subscribers as per the data. More than 17.5 million people use Twitter in India, according to data collected in 2021.