The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) demands on Twitter predate Elon Musk’s purchase of the platform. Now the US authorities have shed light on the questions the ministry has had in recent months: the regulator is interested in the platform’s abilities to ensure the security of user data, the development of a Twitter Blue subscription and, of course, a report on action the new management.
Information about FTC requests to Twitter uncovered (PDF) one of the subcommittees of the US House of Representatives: As it turns out, since Musk took over the company, the department has sent more than a dozen letters to Twitter with various demands. The social network has made additional commitments to the FTC, specifically to resolve two investigations from 2011 and 2022 that are being developed and documented in a promising manner “a comprehensive data protection and information security program” User.
But after Twitter’s transfer of ownership of the mask, the social network stopped paying Collibra — it developed software that was used by representatives of users who had previously suffered from Twitter’s actions to monitor how the platform administration fulfills its obligations. As the company began layoffs, its in-house attorney warned employees could face “billion-dollar” fines for breaches of contract. In response, Musk emailed his subordinates, stating: “I cannot stress enough that Twitter will do its best to comply with both the letter and the spirit of the FTC agreement. Everything you read to the contrary is an outright lie. The same applies to all other government regulations under which Twitter operates.”.
The FTC routinely requested various information from the social network’s management: emails about Musk and the company itself, correspondence logs in the company’s Slack messenger, information about former Twitter assistant general counsel Jim Baker, and even details about the sale of the company’s computers and office equipment. The agency also requested the names of journalists and other media representatives who the social network granted access to Slack chat logs, internal documents and other resources – these requests seemed excessive to the parliamentarians who published the report.
In response, FTC spokesman Douglas Farrar said the requests were made under agreements that predated Musk’s appearance on Twitter. In particular, the Office has been granted access to all information that the company shares with third parties.