Twitter lawyer warns that Elon Musk is putting company at risk of billions in FTC fines

Twitter is a remote-first workplace, and has operated as such for years. This is a fundamental change in our employment contracts to require 40 hours a week in the office. I personally do not believe that Twitter employees have an obligation to return to the office. Certainly not without notice (of course).

I also remind all tweeps (at least in the US) that we have an unlimited PTO policy. All tweeps are capable of taking PTO. Maybe today is a good day to take some rest and recharge.

Everyone here should also know that our CISO, Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Compliance Officer all resigned last night. This news will get buried in the Return to Office drama. I believe this is intentional.

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in the last two weeks. Elon has shown that he only cares to indemnify him for damages resulting from his failure to exit his binding obligation to buy Twitter. He chose to enter into that agreement! All of us are facing this problem because of the decisions taken by him.

Elon has shown that his only priority with Twitter users is to monetize them. I don’t think they care about human rights activists. The dissidents, our users in non-monetable areas, and all the other users who made Twitter the global town square, you all built so long, and we all love that.

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I’ve heard Alex Spiro (current head of law) say that Elon is willing to take a huge amount of risk with respect to this company and its users, because “Elon puts rockets into space, he’s not afraid of the FTC. ” I’ve heard another leader in the legal department say that product launches > stringent SLA (two weeks?!) laws between launches. This would put a huge amount of personal, professional and legal risk on the engineers: I hope all of you will be pressured by management to foresee changes that will potentially lead to major incidents.

All this is extremely dangerous for our users. Also, given that the FTC could (and will!) fine Twitter billions of dollars pursuant to an FTC consent order, this is extremely detrimental to Twitter’s longevity as a platform. Our users deserve much better than this.

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If you feel uneasy about anything you are being asked to do, you can call Twitter’s ethics hotline at (800) 275-4843 or submit a report at can. Please also note that the FTC number is: 1-877-FTC-HELP. You may also remember that Mudge contacted httos://

I wish you all luck. It is an honor to work with all of you. And I’ll take a day of PTO today. I


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