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Twitter security staff kept firm in compliance by disobeying Musk, FTC says

Elon Musk sits on stage while being interviewed during a conference.

Enlarge / Elon Musk at the New York Times DealBook Summit on November 29, 2023, in New York City. (credit: Getty Images | Michael Santiago )

Twitter employees prevented Elon Musk from violating the company’s privacy settlement with the US government, according to Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan.

After Musk bought Twitter in late 2022, he gave Bari Weiss and other journalists access to company documents in the so-called “Twitter Files” incident. The access given to outside individuals raised concerns that Twitter (which is currently named X) violated a 2022 settlement with the FTC, which has requirements designed to prevent repeats of previous security failures.

Some of Twitter’s top privacy and security executives also resigned shortly after Musk’s purchase, citing concerns that Musk’s rapid changes could cause violations of the settlement.

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