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Does Twitter pay employees to read your private messages?

Following a viral video that revealed Twitter employees routinely scan private messages, the company has released a statement denying this breach of privacy.

Senior Network Security Engineer Clay Haynes is heard in the footage (shown below) captured on Jan. 6 speaking openly about how he is paid to access and analyze users' personal information - which includes browsing through hundreds of obscene pictures and messages. 

"There's teams dedicated to it. I mean, we're talking, we're talking three or four… at least, three or four hundred people… Yes, they're paid to look at d**k pics," Haynes revealed in the video.

Haynes said he specifically analyzes tweets and messages that have been flagged or reported. 

"I get to look at all of the reported tweets. Which means I have seen a lot of dick pics. It's ridiculous. 'I mean... it's like a level... I don't want to say it freaks me out, but it disturbs me,' he added."

Well, in a recent statement released to The Sun, a Twitter representative shoots down these assertions, claiming that the conversations and information included in the video are misleading. 

The spokesperson notes how "we deplore the deceptive and underhanded tactics by which this footage was obtained and selectively edited to fit a pre-determined narrative."

The representative also added that "Twitter is committed to enforcing our rules without bias and empowering every voice on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules." While there are a limited amount of staff who have access to messages sent through their direct message feature, it is strictly for work purposes. 

NOTHING is private, remember that!

I personally advise not to send nudes through social networks or through your phone. Save it for the bedroom and in-person, just to be on the safe side. 

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