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Fri Nov 3, 2017, 08:56 AM

Former Twitter Employee: Fake Russian Accounts Were Not Taken Seriously

In 2015, a manager discovered a trove of accounts with Russian and Ukrainian IP addresses
By Selina Wang
November 3, 2017, 6:00 AM EDT
In early 2015, a Twitter employee discovered a vast amount of Twitter accounts with IP addresses in Russia and Ukraine. The worker, Leslie Miley, said most of them were inactive or fake but were not deleted at the time. Miley, who was the company's engineering manager of product safety and security at the time, said efforts to root out spam and manipulation on the platform were slowed down by the company's growth team, which focused on increasing users and revenue.

"Anything we would do that would slow down signups, delete accounts, or remove accounts had to go through the growth team," Miley said. "They were more concerned with growth numbers than fake and compromised accounts."

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-03/former-twitter-employee-says-fake-russian-accounts-were-not-taken-seriously

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Fri Nov 3, 2017, 08:59 AM

1. More concerned with growth numbers...

Enough said - same for Facebook...

Follow the money...it's all any of them care about and where you find the truth...

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Fri Nov 3, 2017, 09:02 AM

2. Same as every business, increase revenue/stock/etc

as opposed to smart growth that far too few companies do overall. It's the pursuit of the dollar as opposed to the long term health of the company and where it operates and that of its employees.

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