Former Twitter Security Chief Claims Elon Musk Has Made the Network Less Secure

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Yoel Roth, who was the previous director of trust and safety at Twitter and unexpectedly left the business earlier this year, stated in his first public interview since then that he feels Elon Musk has made the network less secure. When asked whether he still felt Twitter was safer following Musk’s acquisition of the company, Roth said “I don’t” as he was giving a speech at an event that was held by the Knight Foundation.

The fact that Roth was one of the few senior employees openly addressing what was occurring on Twitter in the turbulent days after Musk’s takeover makes his remarks particularly noteworthy. Roth, a veteran member of the policy team at Twitter, provided an explanation of the concerted trolling operation that resulted to an increase in the number of racial insults posted on the network. Musk often highlighted his tweets and referred to his comments about what Twitter was doing to halt the racist assaults. He also emphasised his tweets.

However, Roth said that he was originally hopeful about the situation; however, a breakdown in “procedural legitimacy” was eventually the reason of his departure. He made notice of the fact that Musk had indicated he intended to create a “moderation council” prior to making key policy choices at Twitter, but Musk swiftly demonstrated that he would prefer make decisions on his own.

According to Roth, “He would say things that were compatible with having a moderation council, that were consistent with not making arbitrary, unilateral judgments, and because of that, I was hopeful.” “In the end, my optimism was misplaced.”

Roth also brought up the disastrous deployment of Twitter Blue and paid verification, noting that his team had told Musk in advance about the potential problems, but Musk chose to disregard their warnings. Roth pointed out that this was Musk’s choice. “It went exactly off the rails in the way that we anticipated, and there weren’t the safeguards that needed to be in place to address it upfront,” said Roth, in reference to the surge in scams and impersonations that followed the initial rollout of Twitter Blue. Roth was referring to the fact that there weren’t the safeguards that needed to be in place to address it from the beginning.

These remarks were made by Roth at the same time as Musk was preparing to restart Twitter Blue verification later this week. Musk has recently said that there would be various colours of badges for corporations and people, and that there will be some form of manual identification procedure. In addition, he has stated that there will be different colours of badges.

Although Roth stated that he does not believe Twitter will experience a “spectacular moment of failure” as some former employees have peculated following mass layoffs and resignations at the company, he advised users to pay close attention to whether or not essential safety features, such as blocking and muting, continue to function normally, as well as privacy-protecting features, such as protected tweets. “If protected tweets cease functioning, run like hell because it’s a sign that something is really wrong,” he said. “It’s an indication that something is severely awry.”

In addition, he said that despite the fact that Twitter may be able to enhance its machine learning algorithms, the absence of experienced policy and safety professionals at the firm would be detrimental to the platform.

“Are there enough individuals who understand the emerging harmful campaigns that happen on the service, and do they understand it well enough to dictate product strategy and policy direction?” he asked. “Are there enough people who understand the emergent malicious campaigns that happen on the service?” “I do not believe that the organisation has enough individuals remaining who are capable of doing that function,” the speaker said.

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