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The FTC fines Twitter $150M for alleged user privacy violations

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Federal regulators announced charges against Twitter on Wednesday, saying the social media platform deceptively used personal account data for targeted advertising.

The Federal Trade Commission has fined Twitter $150 million.

According to a statement from the Federal Trade Commission, millions of Twitter users provided phone numbers or email addresses between 2014 and 2019 after the company told them the information would be used to help secure their accounts.

Twitter then used that information for targeted advertising, the FTC alleged, allowing advertisers to reach specific consumers by matching the information with data they already had or obtained from data brokers.

“This practice affected more than 140 million Twitter users, while boosting Twitter’s primary source of revenue,” said FTC Chair Lina M. Khan in a statement.

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