November 11, 2022

A US regulator says it is watching events at Twitter with "deep concern" after the platform's top privacy and compliance officers reportedly quit. Via the BBC:

We are tracking recent developments at Twitter with deep concern," Douglas Farrar, the FTC's director of public affairs, said. "No chief executive or company is above the law, and companies must follow our consent decrees." Mr Farrer said the FTC had "new tools to ensure compliance, and we are prepared to use them".

Twitter paid a fine in May to settle allegations it had illegally used users' data to help sell targeted ads.
In addition to the fine, it had to agree to new rules, and put in place a beefed-up privacy and security programme - overseen by the executives reported to have quit…[concerns are that ] Twitter does not have enough people in place to oversee that it remains compliant with regulations.

Twitter was already operating under a compliance agreement with the FTC, but according to leaks over the past few days, Musk seems to think he can ignore it. He would be wrong.

F*ck around and find out, Elon!

Some very smart people are telling me that libertarian techbro Musk is destroying Twitter on purpose -- for political reasons. I'm still not convinced -- he's really arrogant and incompetent, never a good combination.

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