FTC Reportedly Asks Twitter for Musk's Internal Communications

From CNET: The US Federal Trade Commission has asked Twitter to turn over internal communications related to Elon Musk, along with information about recent layoffs, with a focus on how the staff reductions at the social media company could affect its ability to protect users, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The FTC has also asked Twitter to "identify all journalists" given access to company records and to provide information about the launch of the overhauled Twitter Blue subscription service, according to documents viewed by the Journal. Since Musk took over the company in October, the agency has sent a dozen letters to Twitter and its lawyers, the Journal reported.

"We are concerned these staff reductions impact Twitter's ability to protect consumers' information," an FTC official wrote to Twitter's lawyers on Nov. 10 after the first round of layoffs earlier that month, according to the Journal.

The commission also asked whether privacy reviews were conducted before implementing product changes, as required under a May 2022 consent order in which Twitter agreed to pay $150 million for misrepresenting how it would use nonpublic user contact information.

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