Musk Twitter Takeover – Is Digital Identity Broken? Expert Weighs In

In light of the ongoing speculation around Musk’s Twitter takeover and how it could be dependent on verifying the number of bot accounts, please see below for a comment from Industry leader about how digital identity is broken and the changes we need to see to rebuild digital trust in social media platforms.

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Amir Nooriala
Amir Nooriala , CCO
InfoSec Expert
May 18, 2022 3:40 pm

Elon Musk promised to “defeat spambots” and “authenticate all humans” as part of his Twitter purchase but in reality that is just the tip of the iceberg – Twitter is rampant with stolen accounts too. If Twitter cannot verify if accounts were opened or seized by bots, even with billions of dollars at stake, it’s further proof that digital identity is broken. We need to see a total overhaul of how identity is proven and preserved in order to rebuild digital trust.

Simply authenticating whether an account is run by a human or a piece of software also doesn’t solve the wider problem of a lack of consumer trust in social media platforms. Twitter doesn’t currently verify its users at the point of sign up, making it very difficult to authenticate that a user is who they say they are when they log back in. Privacy campaigners and consumers are nervous about having to give up their personal details and risk their anonymity, but this is often a misunderstanding. Authentication should always be built around privacy and security, not surveillance and data collection. If a major social network were to implement better digital identity policies it would help to protect internet users across all online services.

Last edited 1 month ago by Amir Nooriala
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