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FTC Asks Twitter How It Plans To Comply With Consent Decree

 |  December 15, 2022

The US Federal Trade Commission, which enforces rules against deceptive practices, has contacted Twitter to ask if the company still has the resources to comply with a privacy consent decree, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Upheaval and mass layoffs at Twitter since its takeover by Elon Musk have sparked concerns that the social media giant might fail to abide by a May 2022 settlement with the US regulator in which the company agreed to improve its privacy practices. That settlement preceded the Musk takeover.

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Those concerns prompted the FTC last month to say it was “tracking recent developments at Twitter with deep concern. No CEO or company is above the law, and companies must follow our consent decrees,” it said at the time.

In a settlement in May, Twitter agreed to pay $150 million and assess potential features for data privacy and security issues. It also resolved allegations that it misused private information, such as phone numbers, for advertising after telling users the information would be used for security reasons.