Edward Snowden receives 47GB worth of notifications after forgetting to turn off Twitter notifications

His first tweet was shared nearly 120,000 times

Samuel Osborne
Friday 02 October 2015 13:49
Comments
Snowden leaked classified documents exposing the extent of the US Government's surveillance programmes.
Snowden leaked classified documents exposing the extent of the US Government's surveillance programmes.

It's a mistake we've all made when joining a new social network: forgetting to turn off email notifications and being bombarded with them for days.

Surprisingly, however, for one of the most famous internet privacy activists of recent history, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden made the same blunder – receiving 47 gigabytes worth of email notifications within three days of joining Twitter.

Snowden went on the run after leaking classified documents exposing the extent of the US Government's internet and phone surveillance, becoming arguably the world's most notorious whistleblower. He claimed asylum in Russia, where he lives today.

His first tweet, a simple "Can you hear me now?" has been retweeted nearly 120,000 times.

The US charged Snowden with theft of government property, unauthorised communication of national defence information and wilful communication of classified communications intelligence - charges which all carry maximum 10-year prison sentences.

Since joining Twitter, his account, @Snowden, has gained around 1.23 million followers.

His Twitter bio provides a concise summary of his career to date: "I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public." He is also the director of Freedom of the Press, a foundation dedicated to ensuring transparency in journalism in adverse situations.

The only person Snowden follows so far is the National Security Agency's official account.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in