Twitter rejects Project Veritas' claim that it can share Trump's direct messages with the DoJ
Twitter has pushed back against the allegations made by their senior engineer and said that he does not speak for the company.
Twitter, on Wednesday, responded to the allegations made by a Project Veritas video, in which one of the company's engineers is seen claiming that the micro-blogging giant "is more than happy" to divulge information and private activity of President Donald Trump to the Department of Justice (DoJ), in connection with the Russia probe.
Founded by American conservative political activist James O’Keefe, Project Veritas, posts edited undercover videos which are often doctored, according to Fox News. The organization recently published a video featuring a senior network security engineer at Twitter, Clay Haynes.
In the video, Haynes can be seen discussing Twitter's access to user information and said that he wishes to assist the Justice Department investigation into Trump’s Russia association. The DoJ is running an active investigation into the Trump campaign members' links with Russia, which attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections to influence a Trump win.
Haynes, in the video, said that the tech giant is "more than happy to help the Department of Justice in their little investigation" to provide the agents with every single tweet that [Trump] has posted, even the ones he’s deleted. Any direct messages, any mentions."
Twitter, however, has pushed back against the allegations made by their senior engineer, saying that Haynes did not speak for the company, according to Fox News.
A Twitter spokesperson on Thursday clarified about the firm's policy around accessing users' direct messages and other issues raised by the video.
"Twitter only responds to valid legal requests, and does not share any user information with law enforcement without such a request," the spokesperson said.
“We deplore the deceptive and underhanded tactics by which this footage was obtained and selectively edited to fit a pre-determined narrative. Twitter is committed to enforcing our rules without bias and empowering every voice on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules," the spokesperson told Fox News.
Even though O’Keefe is presenting the video as an explosive information, the tech giant's policy states it clear that it can access almost everything a user posts on its micro-blogging site.
Twitter also denied the "shadowbanning" allegations, suggesting that it selectively blocks certain opposing viewpoints on its platform.
"Twitter does not shadowban accounts. We do take actions to downrank accounts that are abusive, and mark them accordingly so people can still click through and see these Tweets if they so choose," the firm's statement said.
The company also mentions that it can "access, read, preserve and disclose any information" in certain scenarios, which also including satisfying legal and government requests.
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