WikiLeaks, organization that is responsible behind the release of secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources – on January 6 – proposed tracking personal details of Twitter users with verified accounts – reported Cnet.
“We are thinking of making an online database with all ‘verified’ twitter accounts & their family/job/financial/housing relationships,” the WikiLeaks Task Force said on Twitter on Friday.
In another tweet it said:
We are looking for clear discrete (father/shareholding/party membership) variables that can be put into our AI software.
In response to the query that such move could harm privacy, WikiLeaks responded: “No it is to develop a metric to understand influence networks based on proximity graphs.”
But later in the evening, the original controversial tweet describing the idea was deleted.
Verified accounts sport a blue tick to indicate that the Twitter has checked identification credentials to ensure Twitter users are who they say they are. It’s widely used among the celebrities, politicians and members of the press, but Twitter has expanded the verification program more widely lately.
Also on Friday, Twitter’s Safety account tweeted that “Posting another person’s private and confidential information is a violation of the Twitter Rules.”