Twitter Settles F.T.C. Privacy Case

Twitter, the rapidly growing Internet messaging service, has settled a Federal Trade Commission investigation into the security and privacy protections it offers its users.For the last 11 months, the F.T.C. has been looking into two security breaches at Twitter in 2009 in which a hacker got access to the accounts of several prominent members, including Barack Obama, then the president-elect, and was able to read their private Twitter messages and send out fake messages from their accounts. see:Twitter settles privacy charges with U.S.
Microblogging service Twitter has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over charges it put its customers’ privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their personal information.The settlement announced by the FTC on Thursday stems from a series of attacks last year on Twitter, the three-year old phenomenon that lets people send short text messages to groups of followers. Under the terms of the agreement, Twitter is creating an independently audited security program, among other measures.

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