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Twitter’s VP of engineering to depart for Meta amid cybersecurity concerns, Musk takeover

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

Sandeep Pandey, the vp of Engineering, is leaving Twitter after greater than a decade to hitch Meta, previously often known as Fb. Pandey joined the corporate again in 2012 and labored his means up from employees engineer to the VP position. 

In an e-mail to TechCrunch, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed Pandey was leaving the corporate and mentioned his departure is pure given trade developments. Twitter emphasised it stays centered on managing the corporate successfully.

TechCrunch reached out to Meta however didn’t obtain an instantaneous remark.

In keeping with Insider, which first reported the transfer, Pandey will work on Meta’s AI and machine studying groups. The transfer is notable not just for its influence on Twitter, but in addition as a result of Meta earlier this yr mentioned it will scale back hiring and cut its overhead. Moreover, the corporate posted its first-ever quarterly revenue decline throughout its second quarter and is dealing with an FTC lawsuit over an M&A deal within the VR house. 

This isn’t the primary time Twitter executives have left the corporate this yr. Since Elon 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 back in May. Twitter also 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 in regards to the variety of spam accounts (aka “bots”) current on the platform.  

Most lately, Twitter has come below scrutiny following privateness considerations. The previous head of safety, Peiter Zatko, this week accused the company of cybersecurity negligence starting from flawed information safety to federal violation in a criticism filed with the FTC, SEC and Justice Division. The allegations had been dismissed by Twitter saying they offered a false narrative. 

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

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

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