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On late Wednesday, the FTC and DoJ announced that their lawsuit against Twitter was settled after the company agreed to pay a penalty of $150 million.

This was due to a violation of several FTC laws in 2011, including a false claim of complying with US privacy agreements before the EU and Switzerland. Twitter was alleged for using it’s users’ personal contact information for targeted ads, which it had collected for account security.

Violations of Several FTC Rules

While we see Twitter often tangled with DMCA requests to certain takedown tweets, the platform is also locked with a lawsuit directly pressed by the Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Justice.

This was regarding the violation of FTC rules from 2011, where Twitter failed to properly secure and maintain the user’s sensitive data. Both the petitioners (DoJ and FTC) have alleged that Twitter collected users’ phone numbers and email IDs for the sake of account security but instead used it for targeted ads.

This affected around 140 million users from 2013 to 2019 and earned Twitter advertising revenue. Also, FTC and DoJ booked another lawsuit against Twitter on Wednesday, saying that it falsely claimed to agree to US privacy agreements before European Union and Switzerland.

Responding to this, Damien Kieran, Twitter’s Chief Privacy Officer, said;

“Keeping data secure and respecting privacy is something we take extremely seriously, and we have cooperated with the FTC every step of the way.”

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