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Congressional Republicans subpoena the FTC for asking Twitter too many questions

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chair of the committee, licensed the subpoena despatched to FTC Chair Lina Khan, accusing the company of refusing to conform to a handful of alternative requests the committee has remodeled the previous couple of months. The call for calls for the FTC at hand over all inside communications associated with Musk’s October 2022 acquire of Twitter. 

In his letter to Khan Wednesday, Jordan accused the FTC of constructing “beside the point and burdensome calls for” of Musk’s Twitter, calling the company’s responses to previous requests for info “woefully inadequate.”

In a while after Musk bought Twitter final yr, the FTC stated it used to be tracking the platform’s skills to offer protection to the protection of customers’ knowledge. In a up to date document, Jordan’s committee discovered that the FTC had despatched a minimum of a dozen call for letters to the corporate since Musk took over. 

“The FTC respects the essential position of Congressional oversight. We’ve made a couple of gives to transient Chairman Jordan’s group of workers on our investigation into Twitter. The ones are status gives made previous to this completely pointless subpoena,” FTC spokesman Douglas Farrar stated in a observation to The Verge Wednesday.

The FTC’s investigation is reportedly focused across the platform’s skills to uphold information safety guarantees it made to the company greater than 10 years in the past. In 2011, Twitter reached an settlement with the FTC to settle fees that the corporate had mishandled consumer information, in the end permitting hackers unauthorized get right of entry to to consumer accounts. As a part of that settlement, Twitter used to be required to create “a complete privateness and knowledge safety program” to offer protection to customers. 

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