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Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter, is facing more questions from Congress, this time due to security concerns that he inherited when the deal was closed.
In the meantime, Meta said it had removed a network of fake accounts linked to people associated with the US military
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More questions to Musk
Senator Chuck Grassley (Iowa), the highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, pushed new Twitter CEO Elon Musk about data security concerns raised by a Twitter whistleblower who came forward before Musk completed his acquisition of the company.
Grassley’s letter to Musk on Wednesday focuses on issues that Musk inherited when he acquired Twitter and is different from setbacks from the senator’s Democratic colleagues, who focus on changes Musk has made since taking over the reins at the end of October.
Grassley told Musk that the former CEO of Twitter had cited “the ongoing lawsuit with you as an excuse” to avoid questions about the whistleblower allegations. Now that Musk has completed his $44 billion acquisition, Grassley told Musk he is “uniquely positioned to provide Congress with answers where [his] predecessor failed.”
- In September, former Twitter security chief Peiter “Mudge” Zatko claimed far-reaching security flaws on the platform in a whistleblower notice to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and lawmakers. Zatko also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- Grassley asked Musk to respond to questions he and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked Twitter’s former leadership about the allegations in September.
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Meta links fake accounts to the US military
A network of fake accounts promoting US interests in Middle East and Central Asian countries has been linked to people associated with the US military, Meta said Tuesday.
- Meta removed dozens of Facebook and Instagram accounts and additional pages and groups linked to the network for violating its policies against coordinated inauthentic behavior, the tech giant said in its quarterly hostile threats report.
- It is a rare example of the Silicon Valley-based company tying an influence campaign to the US rather than to a foreign country.
According to Meta, the people behind the operation “tried to hide their identities,” but the company’s investigation “found links to people associated with the US military.”
Pentagon response: Pentagon spokesman César Santiago said in a statement that the Department was “aware of the report released by Meta,” but declined to comment “at this stage” on the findings of the report.
“We will review and assess all information Meta provides,” Santiago added.
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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AFFECTED BY CYBER ATTACK
The European Parliament’s website was hit by a “sophisticated” cyber attack on Wednesday, which was claimed by a pro-Kremlin group, according to the president.
Parliament voted on the same day to name Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism because of its war against Ukraine.
“The @Europarl_EN is exposed to a sophisticated cyber attack. A pro-Kremlin group has taken responsibility… This after we declared Russia a state sponsor of terrorism,” Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, said in a tweet.
“My answer: #SlavaUkraini,” said Metsola, using Ukraine’s national greeting: “Glory to Ukraine.”
According to Metsola, IT experts worked to protect Parliament’s systems and repel the attack. The identity of the pro-Kremlin group that has claimed responsibility and the extent of the damage to the site have not yet been revealed.
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MUSK QUESTIONS TWITTER USERS ABOUT SUSPENDED ACCOUNTS
Elon Musk posted a survey on Twitter about whether the platform should offer a “general amnesty” for blocked accounts unless they broke the law or spread “egregious spam.”
The CEO of Twitter and SpaceX published the post on Wednesday, days after he restored former President Trump’s account for the first time since being banned from the website following the January 6, 2021 uprising.
Musk tweeted on Saturday that he had made the decision after a narrow majority voted to restore Trump’s account in another Twitter poll he published.
“People have spoken. Trump is being reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” he said, using the Latin expression, which means “The voice of the people is the voice of God.”
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A commentary to imitate: pitfalls in consumer protection that the new Congress should avoid
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Greetings from Solidarity (The New York Times/Reyhan Harmanci)
Far-right influencers and media double down on anti-LGBTQ rhetoric following the shooting in Colorado (NBC News/Ben Goggin and Kat Tenbarge)
“They grab their lunch and sit alone”: Russians are shunned in global cyber confabs (Politico/Maggie Miller and Eric Geller)
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One more thing: Meta denies termination rumors
Facebook’s parent company Meta denied a report that CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to resign next year.
“That’s wrong,” said Andy Stone, Meta’s director of communications, in a tweet in response to the story of The Leak news agency, which, according to its website, focuses on leaks in the “political and entertainment landscape.”
- The Leak quoted an unnamed source when he reported that Zuckerberg had decided to resign himself.
- The report and the rejection come as Meta is facing financial difficulties in the near future in the face of high inflation and a potential recession.
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