Twitter’s whistleblower testifies before Senate committee

In his testimony Tuesday, Peiter Zatko misspoke when he told Sen. Jon Ossoff that Twitter had accidentally leaked the personal information of 50 million employees, according to Whistleblower Aid, the organization providing Zatko with legal representation.

“The 50 million number was a misstatement, and Mudge will issue a correction to the committee,” said John Tye, Zatko’s attorney and founder of Whistleblower Aid. The correct number, he added, is reflected in Zatko’s original disclosure to the US government.

That filing claims that 20,000, not 50 million, current and former Twitter employees have been affected by data leaks involving the company.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Zatko had claimed that an internal incident report showed 50 million employees being affected by such breaches, and that Zatko was confused by the figure because Twitter does not have 50 million employees, but does hold extensive records on current and former employees that it does not delete.

Twitter has previously said it has about 7,000 current employees.