The tumultuous acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk continued to cause turmoil on Thursday, with the resignation of senior officials of the social network, and a rare warning from the US competition agency (FTC).
“We are following recent developments at Twitter with great concern. No CEO or company is above the law”, said an FTC spokesperson. He recalled that the platform must respect certain rules according to the terms of an agreement with the agency on data security and confidentiality.
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The agreement in question, revised this year, “gives us new tools to make sure it is respected, and we are ready to use them”, added the spokesperson, in reference to the substantial fines that the FTC could impose. However, many employees aware of these regulations are no longer at Twitter.
The boss of Tesla and SpaceX laid off half of the 7,500 employees of the Californian company a week ago, ten days after buying it and becoming its sole master on board. Hundreds of people had already left this summer, and executive resignations continued last week.
On Thursday, Lea Kissner, head of security, announced her departure in a tweet: “I made the difficult decision to leave Twitter. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great people and I’m very proud of the work we’ve done with the various Data Privacy, Security and IT teams.”
Other directors also said goodbye, according to the Washington Post, including the heads of data privacy and compliance with laws and regulations. Elon Musk worries many authorities, advertisers, associations for the defense of minorities and users.
He tried several times to reassure everyone by recalling that the moderation of content, a safeguard against abuse on the platform, had not changed. But his hasty decisions and provocations on Twitter have sparked daily controversy for two weeks.