Twitter is facing new scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission over privacy and security, due to the rapidly changing and chaotic circumstances at the social media platform.
The agency stated Thursday that it is “tracking recent developments at Twitter with deep concern.”
“No CEO or company is above the law, and companies must follow our consent decrees,” a spokesperson said in a statement to MediaPost. “Our revised consent order gives us new tools to ensure compliance, and we are prepared to use them.”
The FTC’s warning came soon after it was revealed that members of the company’s privacy and security team — including former Chief Information Security Officer Lea Kissner — had quit. Other departing employees reportedly include the former chief privacy officer and chief compliance officer.
The FTC and Twitter first entered into a consent decree in 2011 that prohibits the company from misleading consumers about privacy. That order stemmed from allegations that security glitches resulted in hackers obtaining access to some users’ names, passwords and private messages.
Earlier this year, Twitter agreed to pay a $150 million fine and enter into a revised agreement with the FTC over allegations that the company violated the earlier order by misleading users about their data. Specifically, Twitter allegedly asked users for their phone numbers and email addresses for security purposes, then drew on the contact information for ad targeting.
Less than two weeks ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took over Twitter and promptly began firing people. He immediately fired top executives including Vijaya Gadde (former head of legal policy, trust, and safety) and reportedly is in the process of laying off around half of the company’s 7,500 workers.