Twitter Lawyer Reportedly Points Employees to Whistleblower Website as Elon Musk Appears Poised to Burn It All to the Ground

To Elon Musk made his first bid to buy Twitter in April – before subsequently attempting to reverse the deal – the company’s then-CEO, Parag Agrawal, held a town hall with his alleged “shock[ed] and dismay[ed]’ staff who weren’t at all thrilled that the billionaire would be their new overlord. Seven months later, amid a string of resignations and internal calls to whistle Musk, it doesn’t appear that the new Twitter owner has won any hearts or minds.

On Wednesday, three of Twitter’s top executives – Chief Information Security Officer Leah Kissner, Data Protection Officer Damien Kieran, and Chief Compliance Officer Marianne Fogarty– left the company a day before a key deadline to file a compliance report with the Federal Trade Commission.

Via Twitter, Kissner Approved that they had left the platform. Days before she left, Fogarty tweeted: “I don’t watch Game of Thrones. There’s no way I want to play it at work.” The trio’s departures come shortly after half the company was laid off. They also come amid fears that Musk will roll out new features before they can be properly reviewed. (For example, Twitter Blue, which allows people to pay a monthly fee for a blue “verification” tick, paved the way for dozens of accounts to impersonate high-profile people and brands, which is the whole reason verification badges were originally introduced in first place.) They are also following reported resignations earlier this month from Leslie Berland, the chief marketing officer and chief of staff of the company; Jean Philippe Maheu, Vice President, Global Customer Solutions; Sarah Personette, chief customer officer; and brand Dalana, Chief People and Diversity Officer. Jay Sullivan, The company’s head of product is said to have left the company after deleting Twitter from his bio.

Perhaps most concerning — if Musk were the type of person to worry about such things, take constructive criticism, etc. — was the message reportedly posted to Slack by an attorney for the company’s privacy team, warning of the serious legal risks , which Musk enters into. The letter directed employees to the company’s ethics hotline, a number to contact the FTC, and a website to obtain whistleblower protection. Touching on everything from Musk’s return-to-office policy to the over-hasty nature of his new product launches, he reads:

Twitter is a remote-first workplace and has been operating as such for years. It is a fundamental change in our employment contracts to require a 40-hour week in the office. Personally, I don’t think Twitter employees are required to return to office. Certainly not without notice (if any).

In the last two weeks. Elon has shown that he is only concerned with making up for the losses he incurs from failing to fulfill his binding commitment to purchase Twitter. He has decided to enter into this agreement! We are all going through the choices he made.

Elon has revealed that his only priority with Twitter users is to monetize them. I don’t think he cares about the human rights activists. the dissidents, our users in non-monetizable regions, and all the other users who have made Twitter the global marketplace that you all took so long to build and that we all love.

I heard Alex Spiro (current General Counsel) say that Elon is willing to take a huge risk in relation to this company and its users because “Elon puts rockets into space, he’s not afraid of the FTC.”

Given that the FTC can (and will!) fine Twitter BILLIONS of dollars under the FTC Consent Order, this is extremely detrimental to Twitter’s longevity as a platform. Our users deserve so much more than that.

Please also note the FTC number: 1-877-FTC-HELP. You may also remember that Mudge contacted httos://whistlebloweraid.org.

Mudge presumably refers to Peter Zatko, who was hired by Twitter in 2020 to lead security and later became a whistleblower, telling Congress, “Twitter leadership is misleading the public, lawmakers, regulators and even their own board of directors. The company’s cybersecurity flaws leave it vulnerable to exploitation and cause real harm to real people.” Spiro did not immediately respond to a request for comment vanity fair.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/11/elon-musk-twitter-lawyer-whistleblower Twitter Lawyer Reportedly Points Employees to Whistleblower Website as Elon Musk Appears Poised to Burn It All to the Ground

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