Twitter is no longer secure under its new owner Elon Musk, according to the platform’s former head of trust and security.

Yoel Roth resigned from the social networking site earlier this month and said the site had begun to deviate from adhering to publicly available policies towards decisions made by Mr. Musk alone.

“One of my limitations was if Twitter started to be governed by a dictatorial edict rather than a policy… there’s no longer any need for me to fill my role, doing what I do.”

Many of the changes Musk made were “sudden and alarming to employees and users alike,” Roth said in a New York Times opinion piece soon after his resignation.

The billionaire Tesla it laid off about half of the company’s 8,000 employees — a move that has hit 15% of the trust and safety department, Roth had tweeted at the time.

Musk’s ill-fated foray into reinventing Twitter’s verification system allowed users to pay for a verified checkmark on their account, which Roth says was done despite warnings and advice from the Trust and Safety team.

Soon after, the platform became a playground for spammers impersonating companies like Nestle and Lockheed Martin.

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Roth also defended Twitter’s decision to suspend Donald Trump from the site after the riot at the US Capitol on January 6 last year, citing the risk of further incitement to violence.

He said: “We saw the clearest possible example of how things seemed to move from online to offline.

“We saw dead people in the Capitol.”

But Mr. Musk he tweeted on Nov. 19 that Trump’s account would be reinstatedafter conducting a surprise Twitter poll that saw a narrow majority vote in favor of the move.

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