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Twitter’s VP of engineering to depart for Meta amid cybersecurity issues, Musk takeover – TechCrunch


As Twitter navigates a grueling authorized battle with Elon Musk and his plans to accumulate the corporate, yet one more government is leaving, in line with a report by Insider, which Twitter additionally confirmed. 

Sandeep Pandey, the Vice President of Engineering, is leaving Twitter after greater than a decade to affix Meta, previously often called Fb. Pandey joined the corporate again in 2012 and labored his method up from being a workers engineer to the VP function. 

In an e-mail to TechCrunch, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed Pandey was leaving the corporate and stated his departure is pure given business traits. Twitter emphasised it stays targeted on managing the corporate successfully.

TechCrunch reached out to Meta however didn’t obtain a right away remark.

In accordance with Insider, who first reported the transfer, Pandey will work on Meta’s A.I. and machine studying groups. The transfer is notable not just for its affect on Twitter, but additionally as a result of Meta earlier this 12 months stated it might cut back hiring and minimize its overhead. Moreover, the corporate posted its first-ever quarterly income decline throughout its second quarter and is going through an FTC lawsuit over an M&A deal within the VR area. 

This isn’t the primary time Twitter executives have left the corporate this 12 months. Since Musk introduced a possible takeover, Katrina Lane the previous VP of Twitter service; Ilya Brown, VP of Well being; and Max Schmeiser, head of knowledge science departed again in Might. Twitter additionally fired Kayvon Beykpour, former head of product, and Bruce Falck, former head of product income, as the corporate tried to reorganize. 

Musk initially provided to buy the corporate for $44 billion and later backed out of the deal claiming the corporate lied concerning the variety of spam accounts (aka “bots”) current on the platform.  

Most lately, Twitter has come beneath scrutiny following privateness issues. The previous head of safety, Peiter Zatko, this week accused the corporate of cybersecurity negligence starting from flawed knowledge safety to federal violation in a grievance filed with the FTC, SEC and Justice Division.  The allegations had been dismissed by Twitter saying they introduced a false narrative. 

Following the discharge of Zatko’s info, Eire and France’s knowledge safety authorities instructed TechCrunch they’d be following up on the whistleblower’s grievance. The U.S. Senate may also hear testimony from Zatko about Twitter’s safety failures on September 13, 2022.

Along with the complaints this 12 months, Twitter issued a hiring freeze in Might and laid off near 30% of its expertise acquisition crew two months later. 

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