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US: Democratic Senators Accuse Musk Of Undermining Twitter

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The #Federal Trade Commission was warned by seven #Democratic senators in a letter they delivered on Thursday that #Twitter, which is now run by #Elon Musk, was neglecting users’ rights. They also requested the agency to look into any possible contraventions of the consent decree it had signed with Twitter.

In addition to other lawmakers, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Elizabeth Warren asked the government to take enforcement action against the company and, if necessary, specific executives.

The lawmakers wrote in a letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan, “Twitter’s new Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk, has taken alarming steps in recent weeks that have undermined the integrity and safety of the platform, and announced new features despite clear warnings those changes would be abused for fraud, scams, and dangerous impersonation.”

The first two weeks that the billionaire-owned Twitter was filled with chaos and swift change. The previous CEO of Twitter was promptly fired, along with other senior executives, and earlier this month, he let go of half the staff.

There have been concerns that the upheaval could force Twitter to break the terms of a May 2022 deal with the American regulator, when Twitter promised to strengthen its privacy practices and place the burden of proof on individuals who held particular roles.

Last Monday, the FTC claimed it was “tracking recent Twitter developments with deep concern. No CEO or company is above the law, and companies must follow our consent decrees.”

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