Did you know that every "private" message you send on any social media platform can be read internally by workers? Even though we have zero expectations of privacy online, some social media users sincerely believe their private messages are private.
According to a hidden camera report by Projectveritas.com, Twitter pays at least 400 workers to scour your DMs for content and other data (such as your IP, location, email addresses, etc) that they can use to tailor ad serving to you.
"The whole culture at Twitter is about abusing and laughing at users," says Project Veritas' founder James O'Keefe.
Project Veritas released undercover video footage of Twitter employees openly bragging about reading your DMs and looking at graphic pictures sent by children to other children on the social media platform. One Twitter employee said Twitter stores graphic photos of children for the purposes of deleting the images.
Project Veritas spoke with four Twitter employees who confirmed reports that Twitter employees are spying on their users.
One employee said: "There’s teams dedicated to it. I mean, we’re talking, we’re talking three or four, at least, three or four hundred people. Yes, they’re paid to look at d-ck pics.”
Pranay Singh, a Twitter Engineer, says “All your sex messages, d-ck pics, like, all the girls you’ve been f-cking around with, they are on my server now. Everything you send is stored on my server. You can’t [delete it], it’s already on my server.”
Pranay says Twitter makes a "virtual profile" of you and your data. Even if you don't have a Twitter account, your cookies and other data are stored every time you click a Twitter link to read a Twitter user's tweets.
“You leak way more information than you think," says Pranay. "Like, if you go to Twitter for the first time, we have information about you.”
According to Twitter software expert Mihai Florea, “To actually charge the advertisers the money we have to prove it was you, and that’s why using email address, or like a cookie or something that can track you."
Florea confirmed that when a service is free, YOU are the product.
“You’re paying for the right to use our website with your data basically."