Twitter has been dealing with being in news headlines after a possible sale of the company to Elon Musk was put on hold.
Along with that, Twitter banned Trump from their platform, which caused the former President to file a class action against the platform. Since then, the Federal Trade Commission has fined the company $150 million, alleging that Twitter lets advertisers get a hold of users’ private data to target users more precisely. The FTC claims the move was made without informing users.
Twitter chief privacy officer Damien Kieran spoke on the decision against them, saying:
“Keeping data secure and respecting privacy is something we take extremely seriously, and we have cooperated with the FTC every step of the way. In reaching this settlement, we have paid a $150M USD penalty, and we have aligned with the agency on operational updates and program enhancements to ensure that people’s personal data remains secure and their privacy protected.”
The social media platform reportedly broke a rule the FTC put in place in 2011 that “explicitly prohibited” Twitter from misleading its users about its privacy practices. Twitter was also told to stop “profiting from its deceptively collected data.”