Twitter at risk of being fined billions over Elon Musk

Elon Musk buys Twitter: Twitter employees believe Elon Musk’s prioritization of making money and neglect of responsibilities could spell trouble for the platform.

According to Twitter’s lawyers, the platform’s security and privacy teams are at risk of a number of legal issues. The move comes as Twitter and its new boss, Elon Musk, face increasing scrutiny from authorities over their unusual decision.

The lawyer also advised current Twitter employees to seek help “if they’re not happy with what you’re being asked to do.”

Meanwhile, Twitter’s chief information security officer, Ms. Lea Kissner, announced her resignation on Nov. 10, leaving one of the company’s most important positions, CNN reported. On the same day, Twitter’s chief integrity and security officer, Yoel Roth, also announced his resignation, The Washington Post reported.

Earlier, on the evening of Sept. 11, several other Twitter directors and senior executives also resigned amid concerns that the company faced legal risks from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Federal Trade Commission). One of them is Damien Kieran, director of privacy at Twitter.

In May, the FTC reached a legal settlement with Twitter after it was found that Twitter was using users’ personal information for advertising purposes. The FTC could impose fines of up to billions of dollars if Twitter does not comply with the agreement.

A Twitter employee told The Verge that Musk’s only priority right now is to make up for the losses he’s suffered because he can’t escape his obligation to buy Twitter.

“Elon prioritizes making money. I don’t think he cares about human rights activists. There’s no way for dissidents or users in the area to make money,” said the unnamed employee.

Even Twitter employees themselves could be in trouble because Musk doesn’t care about Twitter’s liability to the FTC, the person said.

The employee also heard Alex Spiro, Musk’s attorney and Twitter’s new chief legal officer, say: “Esk is the guy who puts rockets into space, so he’s not afraid of the FTC.”

In a Nov. 8 conversation with advertisers, Elon Musk said he wanted to rebuild the company’s software library to increase the relevance between tweets and ads. “We have to take risks here,” the billionaire said.

Musk’s new legal department requires engineers to “self-certify” compliance with FTC rules and other privacy laws. The Twitter Blue feed, launched this week, bypassed the company’s privacy review process, a software engineer said.

“The developers of Twitter Blue didn’t have enough information and time to fully evaluate the FTC’s privacy laws and regulations,” the engineer told The Verge.

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