The CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey went on Joe Rogan’s podcast along with Vijaya Gadde, the Global Lead for legal, policy, trust and safety at Twitter, to discuss about freedom of speech. Tim Pool, an American journalist & youtuber, was also on the show, which you can watch here:
Project Veritas released a video back on January 15, 2018, which shows Twitter employees making statements while being recorded by a hidden camera. They say that Twitter looks at user’s private messages (DMs). (Probably only when messages are reported.) They also store all users’ data on their servers for analytical & advertising purposes.
“It is creepy Big Brother. I mean it’s like a level… I don’t want to say it freaks me out, but it disturbs me,” Haynes proclaimed. “I get to look at all of the reported tweets, which means I’ve seen a lot of dick pics. It’s ridiculous… We can actually read your DMs… I’ve seen way more penises than I’ve ever wanted to see in my life.”
A discussion between Clay Haynes, Senior Network Security Engineer at Twitter and James O’Keefe, Project Veritas journalist:
“Like everything? Like, even like my DMs?” asked O’Keefe.
“Oh yeah, we can actually read your DMs. I’ve seen way more penises than I’ve ever wanted to see in my life. There’s teams dedicated to it. I mean, we’re talking, we’re talking three or four… at least, three or four hundred people.”
Discussion between Pranay Singh, Direct Messaging Engineer at Twitter, and Project Veritas:
PV: “You’re talking about the tweets or the DMs? Or both?”
Pranay Singh: “Everything, anything you post online.”
PV: “Wow, so even what you think is private, direct message.”
Pranay Singh : “Yeah, it’s analyzed.”
PV: “They’re analyzing it and selling that?”
Pranay Singh: “A machine is going to look at it. An algorithm will look at it..”
Praney Singh: “and they’ll make a virtual profile about you.”
It seems that algorithms look through tweets & DMs and a team of 300-400 people are looking at reported content. Most of this is agreed upon by users when they accept the user agreement terms on registration.
Twitter & other social media like Facebook are using algorithms to track users and sell their data to advertising companies. Before a new user registers on Twitter, the company already knows some information about him/her through a network of ad tracking. An alternative to those centralized social media, would be an open-source solution like minds.com.