Twitter: engineer is "more than happy" to provide DOJ with Trump's messages

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Twitter found itself at the centre of controversy last night as the Project Veritas group shared a video featuring a senior engineer stating that president Trump's direct messages could be accessed, and shared by the social media giant.

The individual in the video - Clay Haynes, a senior security engineer with Twitter - can be heard saying: "We're more than happy to help the Department of Justice in their little investigation." He continues the conversation with a journalist that appears to be secretly filmed in a cafe revealing: "I don't like being part of the machine that is contributing to America's downfall."

Twitter responded almost immediately when the footage was uploaded on Youtube stating: “We deplore the deceptive and underhanded tactics by which this footage was obtained and selectively edited to fit a pre-determined narrative. Twitter is committed to enforcing our rules without bias and empowering every voice on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules.”

Project Veritas is a controversial group which recently came under fire for pitching false information last year to the Washington Post about the failed Republican Senate candidate, Roy Moore. Trump-backed Moore was standing in Alabama, eventually losing to Doug Jones.