Social media giant, Twitter has been fined to the tune of $150 million in the United States for illegally selling users’ data to sell targeted ads in a breach of confidentiality.
According to the The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice, Twitter violated an agreement it had with regulators and there were court documents to back up this violation.
In its agreement with regulators, Twitter had vowed against sharing the personal information of users such as phone numbers, email addresses and other details to advertisers.
However, according to the FTC, Twitter had broken those rules as well as Europe’s GDPR data privacy rules and was subsequently fined £400,000 in December 2020.
The FTC, an independent agency of the United States government is empowered to enforce anti-trust law and the promotion of consumer protection.