Twitter Security Engineer: ‘We Have Full Access To Every Single Person’s Account.’

'What we can do on our side is actually very terrifying. We have full access to every single person's account, every single direct message, deleted direct messages, deleted tweets.'


Another scandal is exploding in Silicon Valley. An undercover video that went viral shows senior network security engineer at Twitter, Clay Haynes, sharing insider information about how this social network operates. More precisely, Mr. Haynes shared information about how efficient and far-reaching Twitter’s mechanisms are when it comes to tracking the platform’s users.

“What we can do on our side is actually very terrifying. We have full access to every single person’s account, every single direct message, deleted direct messages, deleted tweets. I can tell you who exactly logged in from where, what username and password, when they changed their password.”

When asked about why Twitter keeps user data, Clay Haynes responded, “If we ever get subpoenaed. Mostly for law enforcement and also it helps us detect a pattern of history. It’s very, very dangerous. Also, very, very, very creepy. Big Brother-ish.”

James O’Keefe, journalist and president of Project Veritas, a non-profit organization whose goal, according to their official website, is “investigating and exposing corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct,” shared the video on Twitter. The snippet has already been shared thousands of times, and the full video is available on the organization’s official website.

Clay Haynes on the power Twitter employees have: "It's terrifying in my opinion…" "It's very, very dangerous… also it's very creepy Big Brother-ish"


— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 10, 2018


What is perhaps even more concerning is the fact that this can be seen as a Twitter employee’s admission that the company tracks user behavior based on IP address. This means they could, theoretically, use this knowledge to monitor user behavior off the platform.

Twitter responded to the controversy after the video went viral. The company’s spokesperson told the International Business Times, “The individual depicted in this video was speaking in a personal capacity and does not represent or speak for Twitter,” adding that the social media giant is “committed to enforcing our rules without bias and empowering every voice on our platform.”

According to his official Linkedin profile, Clay Haynes graduated from the University of Findlay with a Bachelor of Science degree and then went on to work as a system administrator, system engineer and senior network engineer for various companies, before landing a job at Twitter in September 2016.

What’s going on in the Silicon Valley?

On December 30, 2017, the Intercept investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald published an extensive report titled “Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments.” Greenwald wrote about the meeting held between the Israeli government and Facebook representatives, asserting that Facebook has been “on a censorship rampage against Palestinian activists.” Furthermore, Greenwald claims Facebook is “explicitly admitting that it also intends to follow the censorship orders of the U.S. government.”

A few days ago, the author of “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” also known as “The Google Memo,” James Damore, announced that he is suing the multinational technology company for discrimination. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in California, James Damore and another ex-engineer at Google, claim that the company treated employees seen as having, what Google perceives to be conservative views, differently than other employees. This, their legal team claims, violates California labor law.

On December 18, 2017, Twitter announced a new policy update to combat what they claim to be “abusive and hateful contact.” This too sparked a lot of online debate at the time, with hashtags such as #dec18 and #december18 trending on the platform for weeks.



UNDERCOVER VIDEO: Sr Network Security Engineer Reveals Twitter Ready to Give Trump’s Private DMs to DOJ

Undercover Video of Twitter Engineer Clay Haynes Saying “We’re more than happy to help the DOJ with their little investigation”
Content Disclosed to DOJ Includes: “Even the ones he’s deleted, any direct messages”
Engineer is Self-Proclaimed “Bleeding-Heart Liberal” Stating “It comes with the territory [at Twitter]”
Goes on to Explain Additional “Big Brotherish” Practices at Twitter

(San Francisco) A Project Veritas undercover investigation has revealed a senior network security engineer at Twitter stating that his company is “more than happy” to turn over the private communications and deleted tweets of President Donald Trump to the Department of Justice. If true, it is yet unknown whether Twitter is voluntarily disclosing this sensitive information or acting under a court order. Twitter is currently in the midst of defending itself from left-leaning criticism that President Trump hasn’t been removed from the enormous media platform for violations of Twitter’s Terms of Service.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Clay Haynes has been employed by Twitter since September 2016. On January 3, 2018, he met with a Project Veritas undercover journalist (UCJ) at Stookeys Club Moderne in San Francisco. Using a hidden video camera, the Veritas UCJ captures Haynes stating that “we’re more than happy to help the DOJ with their little investigation” of President Trump.

When prompted by the UCJ, Mr. Haynes provides additional details, “Basically, giving them every single tweet that he’s posted. Even the ones he’s deleted, any direct messages, any mentions…”

“…he’s dangerous, I don’t like him and he’s a terrible human being and I want to get rid of him,” the self-described bleeding-heart liberal Haynes says in the video about President Trump. “In fact, we had internal reviews about that…”

On January 7, 2018, James O’Keefe himself went undercover with Haynes at Morton’s Steakhouse in San Francisco to confirm if Twitter was working with the Department of Justice to hand over Trump’s tweets and DMs. When pressed about looking at Donald Trump’s messages, Haynes explained “We have a subpoena process for that very reason.” The conversation continued:

James O’Keefe: “Are you working with DOJ currently on that?”

Clay Haynes: “I can’t comment, even if I knew, I wouldn’t comment.”

“The fact is, even if Haynes was just speculating about helping Justice, his admission shows a clear and dangerous political bias at the highest levels of Twitter,” says Project Veritas founder and President James O’Keefe in the video.

“The question is: by Twitter giving private information about the President to the Justice Department, are they breaking the law, betraying a trust, following an official request or satisfying a political agenda by leading a crusade against the President.”

Describing himself as the bouncer of the network, Mr. Haynes also details the level of information Twitter retains in its databases about their hundreds of millions of users.

The Project Veritas Twitter investigation is the fourth installment of its American Pravda series. In Part I, Veritas disclosed that CNN’s Russia coverage is driven by ratings and a political agenda, but in reality, using the words of CNN Political Commentator Van Jones, is just a “nothing burger.” Part II disclosed a political bias at The New York Times which forced executive responses and an immediate change of their social media policy.  Part III exposed political bias at The Washington Post and brought to light that the far-reaching narratives of the paper’s editorial board are not rooted in the factual findings of their subject-matter expert reporters. Project Veritas will be releasing additional Twitter-related videos over the next several days.

Mr. O’Keefe has just completed a book about this series entitled “AMERICAN PRAVDA: My fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News.” The book will be released by St. Martin’s Press on January 16, 2018.


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