America will tighten the noose of investigation on Twitter, fear of negligence in data security

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The scope of investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) into the privacy and data security practices of microblogging site Twitter will be increased. Since Elon Musk took over the company, fears have increased that Twitter may fail to comply with an agreement made with the US regulator last year in which the company had agreed to improve its privacy-related systems. Along with this, the company also had to pay $150 million.

FTC lawyers last month Twitter Two former executives of the company were questioned regarding compliance with the rules. Twitter was accused of using private information like phone numbers for advertising, while users were told that this information would be used for security reasons. Due to the layoff of a large number of workers after Musk took over the company, there is a fear that the company may fail to comply with this agreement. Musk bought Twitter for approximately $44 billion. After this, at the beginning of last month, he expelled almost half the workers of the company.

Musk this week reinstated the Twitter accounts of journalists who were suspended last week for reporting about Musk. Musk had conducted a poll on Twitter regarding restoring the accounts of journalists, in which most of the users voted in favor of restoring these accounts.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, welcomed the restoration of the journalists’ Twitter accounts. However, at the same time Volker said that his apprehensions remain. He said, “Twitter has a responsibility to respect human rights. Elon Musk must commit to making decisions based on publicly available policies. This includes free speech.” The United Nations and the European Union (EU) had also raised objections to the blocking of journalists on Twitter. Twitter changed its policy last week, saying that accounts or tweets that do anything other than sharing a person’s location during humanitarian efforts or public events will be removed.

(This news has not been edited by the NDTV team. It is published directly from the syndicated feed.)

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