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The Federal Trade Commission fired a warning shot on Twitter on Thursday, saying the agency is ready to crack down on the platform over privacy concerns as chaos continues at the social media giant amid rapid changes imposed by new owner Elon Musk.

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Twitter was fined $150 million by the FTC in May, months before Musk took office, and new developments on Thursday appeared to have the agency’s full attention.

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edge received a Slack message sent by a Twitter privacy lawyer to all employees informing them that the company’s Chief Information Security Officer Lea Kissner, Chief Privacy Officer Damien Kieran and Chief Compliance Officer Marianne Fogarty had resigned. Kissner confirmed his resignation on Twitter.

The lawyer went on to criticize Musk’s actions since taking office in recent weeks, saying “Elon has shown that his only priority with Twitter users is to monetize them.”

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“I heard Alex Spiro (current head of the legal department) say that Elon is willing to take a huge risk on this company and its users because “Elon launches rockets into space, he is not afraid of the FTC.” “, the lawyer also said.

Elon Musk with Twitter logo

The author went on to argue that Twitter’s legal department would now require the company’s software developers to “self-certify compliance with FTC and other laws.”

“All this is extremely dangerous for our users,” the lawyer wrote. “Furthermore, given that the FTC could (and will!) fine Twitter BILLIONS of dollars under the FTC Consent Order, this would be extremely detrimental to Twitter’s longevity as a platform. Our users deserve so much more.”

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As part of Twitter’s settlement with the FTC earlier this year for allegedly dishonest profiteering from user data such as phone numbers and email addresses, the social media giant was placed under a 20-year consent decree that requires mandatory reviews and investigations into how the company generates revenue. .

The agency now appears poised to investigate whether Twitter is violating that agreement, which could lead to another hefty fine.

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Following a report on the attorney’s internal communication and confirmed dismissals of senior privacy officials, an FTC spokesperson issued a statement saying the agency is “following recent developments on Twitter with deep concern.”

“No CEO or company is above the law and companies must follow our consent decrees,” the statement said. “Our revised consent order gives us new tools to enforce compliance, and we are ready to use them.”

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The FTC’s announcement came a day after President Biden told the press that Musk’s acquisition of Twitter and its technical relationships with other countries were “deserving of attention.”

Timothy Nerozzi of FOX Business contributed to this report.