Wikileaks backpedals creation of creepy personal database for verified tweeters that sparked outcry

WikiLeaks sparked some social media outcry after announcing that it was considering creating an “online database” with Twitter users’ personal information.

“We are thinking of making an online database with all ‘verified’ twitter accounts & their family/job/financial/housing relationships,” the WikiLeaks Task Force said in a tweet.

The social media account linked to WikiLeaks, the organization founded by Julian Assange who has been at the center of the U.S. investigation into alleged Russian hacking of the election, deleted the tweet a few hours later, Forbes reported.

But not before it set off a flurry of criticism on Twitter for the idea that critics said sounded like a violation of safety and privacy.

WikiLeaks insisted it only planned to share the relationships between verified users based on “proximity graphs,” and cited Wikipedia, Google, LinkedIn and Facebook as examples of other sites that have created similar relationship graphs.

But Twitter users were not convinced.

In a series of tweets and replies, the organization attempted to explain and justify its idea.

It also noted that the media was spinning the story incorrectly to make the organization look bad.

Finally, the group reached out to ask for “other suggestions.” Twitter users obliged.

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Frieda Powers


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