Verified Twitter Users May Be On WikiLeaks' Radar

Jan 08, 2017, 00:32
Verified Twitter Users May Be On WikiLeaks' Radar

Full disclosure: This author's Twitter account is verified, and became so over a year ago back when the company secretly approved users according to its internal arbitrary criteria (Twitter finally let users apply for verification last July).

Users accused the organistation of threatening to publish private material online (aka dox) of people who disagreed with it.

In response to questions from other Twitter users for clarity on the idea, WikiLeaks Task Force added: "It is to develop a metric to understand influence networks based on proximity graphs".

The WikiLeaks Task Force then tweeted, "We are looking for clear discrete (father/shareholding/party membership) variables that can be put into our AI software".

Even though, WikiLeaks Task Force account is a verified one, there is no information regarding their locations and family. Twitter declined to comment beyond reiterating the Safety account information. A verified Twitter account is an account that has been authenticated by Twitter, meaning the social media network has confirmed the user behind the account is who they say they are. After it deleted the tweet, the official account replied to verified members of the media who noted the tweet's sudden disappearance, and accused them of lying.

By being an active user of the internet and posting photos, ideas, and information - people give up a relatively large amount of privacy.

After taking torrents of scathing criticism, WikiLeaks downplayed their proposal as an example of what LinkedIn, Google and Facebook already do.

The main goal is to gather the network of relationships that influence and not to publish addresses, said WikiLeaks.

Twitter "verifies" certain users, such as world leaders, nonprofit organizations and news outlets, with a blue check mark beside their names so that other users of the service can be confident about the posters' identities.

WikiLeaks has been criticized in the past for disclosing personal information in the documents it publishes.

"I think this plan is creepy, I think you're creepy and I hope someone breaks into your house and rearranges your sofa cushions", Lawrence said.

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