Twitter will have to pay a fine of 150 million dollars to resolve a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the US Department of Justice for having provided private data of its users to advertisers of the social network.
These two institutions accused the social network of having collected information from its users, such as phone numbers and email addresses, and allowing advertisers to use it to monetize their services.
“Twitter requested personal information from users for the express purpose of protecting their accounts, but also used it later to serve targeted ads for financial gain,” read a statement released by the FTC.
The origin of this complaint dates back to 2010, when the FTC filed a lawsuit against Twitter for not guaranteeing users the privacy of their data.
So, the company promised its users that only they could control who had access to their posts and that only the final recipients of the private messages could access the information transmitted through this medium.
However, Twitter did not have the power to guarantee compliance with this privacy, since the FTC exposed a series of cases in which the social network had accessed the personal information of users without their consent.
To solve this problem, the social network agreed to comply with an order imposed by this commission, which became official in 2011, in which it was determined that the FTC would impose substantial financial fines if it again manipulated the measures intended to protect the security of the users.
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