Former Twitter employee: Staff at Big Tech firm feared Chinese agent could collect user data

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(Natural News) A former employee for social media giant Twitter revealed that staff members were afraid that a Chinese agent among their ranks could collect user data.

Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, who served as Twitter head of security until his termination in 2021, testified before lawmakers during a Sept. 13 hearing that some employees feared that Beijing would be able to have its hands on user data.

He revealed that in the week before his firing, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) told the company that an agent of the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) was on its payroll. It was not immediately clear if the aforementioned agent, working for the communist country’s main espionage agency, was still working at the tech giant.

Zatko also recalled a conversation with another Twitter executive regarding the Big Tech company being infiltrated by foreign agents. The executive simply dismissed concerns, saying: “Well, since we already have one – what does it matter if we have more?” (Related: Former top Twitter security exec blows whistle to help Elon Musk: Platform is major national security risk full of bots pushing social engineering agenda.)

The former Twitter employee’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed the seriousness of the social media company’s security issues. The platform had been previously criticized for lax security, most especially in 2020 when hackers managed to seize high-profile accounts. Zatko, himself a hacker in his younger days, was recruited by Twitter following this breach.


Zatko also referenced a story by Reuters detailing internal clashes between two main factions within the company. One faction wanted to maximize the advertising revenue opportunity from Chinese advertisers. The other faction expressed concern about doing business with China amid rising geopolitical tensions.

According to Zatko, Twitter was reluctant to turn away from China as the fastest-growing market for ad revenue.

“This was a big internal conundrum,” he testified. “In a nutshell – if we were already in bed, it would be problematic if we lost that revenue stream.”

Grassley: Security breaches render Agrawal unfit to be Twitter CEO

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, confirmed the FBI’s warning to Twitter about the MSS agent during the Sept. 13 hearing.

The Republican lawmaker noted that Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal refused to appear before his colleagues, as the tech bigwig feared his appearance could jeopardize his company’s case against Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The social media network and Musk are set to meet in court in October over whether the latter’s $44 billion takeover deal should be completed.

According to Grassley, many of Zatko’s allegations directly implicated Agrawal. He added that he does not see “how Agrawal can maintain his position at Twitter going forward” if the claims were indeed true.

Aside from testimonies, Zatko also submitted more than two pages of links to supporting documents. These included exchanges between him and the Twitter CEO and an assessment of mis- and disinformation on the platform.

Meanwhile, the company has insisted that Zatko was fired for “ineffective leadership and poor performance.” His allegations, it added, were purportedly designed to malign the social media site.

A Twitter spokesperson later remarked that the Sept. 13 hearing “only confirms that Zatko’s allegations are riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies.” They reiterated that Twitter’s hiring process is independent of foreign influence. Moreover, the spokesperson stated that access to data is managed through background checks, and monitoring and detection systems.

Despite the smears from his former employer, Zatko does not regret his decision to testify. “I’m basically risking my career and reputation. If something good comes from this five or 10 years down the road, it will have been worth it,” he said.

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Teachers in Ohio now allowed to carry GUNS as state's House Bill 99 takes effect

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(Natural News) School teachers in Ohio can now carry guns to defend their students under the state’s House Bill (HB) 99, which took effect Monday, September 12.

HB 99, signed into law by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on June 13, also allows principals and school staff to carry firearms on campus and in classrooms.

“Our goal continues to be to help our schools – public schools, parochial schools [and] private schools – to have the tools they need to help protect our children,” said the Republican governor. “We have an obligation to do everything we can every single day to try and protect our kids.”

Prior to the bill’s passing, only security officers or persons specifically authorized by a board of education were allowed to carry weapons. Persons authorized by education boards must have either 20 years’ experience in law enforcement or 700 hours of peace officer training, as ruled by the Ohio Supreme Court in 2021.

However, the requirement can be expensive and time-consuming for any educator wanting to carry a firearm to protect children. Renewed calls to arm educators came following the May 2022 Uvalde, Texas school shooting that saw 21 dead.

HB 99 loosened this requirement by mandating up to 24 hours of initial training and eight more hours of supplemental training annually. Employees allowed to carry firearms must also submit to a yearly criminal record check. Moreover, the specific school or the district that oversees it must provide notice that it has authorized one or more persons to carry guns on campus.

HB 99 helpful for areas not easily accessible to first responders

GOP State Rep. Thomas Hall, the bill’s sponsor, said HB 99 is helpful for rural areas where schools are not easily accessible to first responders. “[While] some of the inner city schools have police officers at their school, some of these rural schools don’t have that luxury.”


GOP State Rep. Phil Plummer, a former county sheriff, agreed with the bill. He explained that HB 99 shortens the “lengthy” process it takes to get first responders to schools in an active shooter situation.

“I’m comfortable my school district would set adequate training and they wouldn’t authorize anybody that wasn’t capable of doing it safely,” said Ohio State House Speaker Bob Cupp, also from the GOP. (Related: Reason versus delusion: Why we need armed defenders in schools to protect the lives of our children.)

Despite the GOP’s support of HB 99, many educators voiced disagreement over the bill. In fact, the leaders of three teachers’ unions vehemently opposed the measure that permitted teachers to arm themselves.

One union, the National Education Association (NEA), had been critical of allowing school employees to carry guns on campus even before HB 99 became law.

“We need fewer guns in schools, not more,” said NEA President Becky Pringle. “Teachers should be teaching, not acting as armed security guards.”

“Bringing more guns into schools makes schools more dangerous and does nothing to shield our students and educators from gun violence.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten agreed with Pringle, saying: “The answer to gun violence is not ‘more guns.’” AFT is the second-largest teachers’ union, after the NEA.

Joe Eaton of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, however, begs to differ.

“We think that’s a benefit for schools. It returns them the option of having enhanced safety and security options in their schools,” said Eaton, who leads the foundation’s FASTER Saves Lives program. has more stories like this.

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