FTC fines Twitter $150 million for 'deceptive' ad targeting

Twitter has paid a $150 million fine to the FTC over its”deceptive” use of user data for targeted advertising. The fine stems from the company’s admission in 2019 that it had for years used Twitter users’ phone numbers and email addresses provided for two-factor authentication to also serve targeted ads. 

The company said at the time that its use of the phone numbers for ads was “an error,” and that it wasn’t certain how many users were affected. In a statement, FTC Chair Lina Khan said that more than 140 million users were affected by the practice, which persisted between 2014 and 2019. It was also in violation of

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