Twitter updates: Clarification on data leak and verification badges launch

Twitter updates

The platform has recently cleared the air on an alleged privacy breach where Twitter users’ data was leaked and has launched Verification for Organizations.

In the latest Twitter updates, the platform has responded to recent media reports of users’ data being sold online, the platform has conducted a thorough investigation and claims there is no evidence that this was due to the vulnerability of Twitter systems.

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In January 2022, Twitter had received a report through its bug bounty program of a vulnerability in Twitter’s systems. If someone submitted an email address or phone number to Twitter’s systems, it would tell the person what Twitter account the submitted email addresses or phone number was associated with, if any. 

It was later revealed that someone was offering to sell the information they had compiled. Following this, Twitter claims to have notified the affected users and the relevant authorities.

Recently, in January 2023, a similar attempt to sell data from 200 million Twitter-associated accounts was reported in the media.  

After a comprehensive investigation, Twitter’s Incident Response and Privacy and Data Protection teams claim that the 200 million dataset could not be correlated with the previously reported incident or from an exploitation of Twitter systems. The teams also maintain that none of the datasets analyzed contained passwords or information that could lead to it being compromised.

Twitter Blue

On the other hand, in its initiative to get users and their business identities verified, the platform has also launched ‘Verification for Organizations’, formerly known as ‘Blue for Business’. According to the Tweet, businesses will receive business accounts and affiliation badges through Twitter’s self-serve administrative portal.

The platform will be reviewing applications and opening up access to a limited group on a rolling basis in the coming weeks.