Reacting to the tumult and mass layoffs at Twitter under its new owner Elon Musk, a group of Democratic senators on Thursday asked federal regulators to investigate any possible violations by the platform of consumer-protection laws or of its data-security commitments, AP reports.
The senators also asked Lina Khan, head of the Federal Trade Commission, to take enforcement action if needed against Twitter and company executives for “any breaches or business practices that are unfair or deceptive.”
The FTC said last week it is “tracking recent developments at Twitter with deep concern.”
A key focus is the 2011 consent agreement that Twitter signed with the agency, requiring the San Francisco company to address serious data-security lapses. Twitter paid a $150 million penalty in May , several months before Musk’s takeover, for violating the consent order.
An updated version established new procedures requiring the company to implement an enhanced privacy-protection program as well as beefing up information security.
Developments on the ground at Twitter have been chaotic , and experts and Twitter employees are warning of serious security risks flowing from the drastically reduced staff and deepening disorder.
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