Twitter senior executives resigned only days after Elon Musk announced the terminated thousands of the company’s employees.
Lea Kissner, the company’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), announced her resignation on Thursday. The now-vacant role is one of the essential parts of the firm, especially when Twitter is dealing with a slew of privacy and security challenges.
Furthermore, Elon Musk, Twitter’s newest owner and CEO, seems to be under fire from the public after making many reckless administrative choices. She, however, declined to comment on why she resigned as CISO.
“I’ve made the hard decision to leave Twitter. I’ve had the opportunity to work with amazing people, and I’m proud of the privacy, security, and IT teams and our work. I’m looking forward to figuring out what’s next,” Kissner wrote.
Now out of Twitter
Meanwhile, Yoel Roth, the head of integrity and safety, has chosen to quit as well, according to sources. Roth has been continually engaged in talks with investors and other stakeholders about the adjustments Twitter has to go through with Elon as the new owner. On Wednesday, he spoke with Musk at a Twitter Spaces conference on how the network tackles dangerous content.
“Verification! Impersonation! Twitter Blue! There’s a lot going on around identity on Twitter — let’s break down what our policies are, and some of the big questions we still need to answer,” he wrote.
“First, impersonation has always been banned on Twitter. Misleading profiles make Twitter worse for everyone. Last year, we banned more than half a million accounts for impersonating people and brands.”
“When Verified accounts use impersonation as a tactic — whether for parody or not — it creates an especially confusing experience. It’s been our long-standing practice to suspend Verified users when they do this.”
“The planned changes to Twitter Blue to make Verification more widely available raise the stakes for this impersonation. Here’s what we’re going to do about it:”
“In the short term, we’ll ramp up a proactive review of Blue Verified accounts that show signs of impersonating another user. When we find them, we’ll suspend them. See something that looks off? You can report it directly in the app.”
“Long-term, we need to invest more in identity verification to complement proof-of-humanness. Paid Verification is a strong (not perfect) signal of humanness, which helps fight bots and spam. But that’s not the same thing as identity verification.”
FTC observing the company closely
The head of Musk’s legal team, Alex Spiro, stated that the company constantly communicates with the FTC. He also stated that Twitter would do all possible to comply with the legal standards. However, a source overheard Spiro discussing how Musk seems unfazed by the FTC. On the contrary, an FTC spokesperson stated that the agency monitors any movement from Twitter “with deep concern.”
“No CEO or company is above the law, and companies must follow our consent decrees. Our revised consent order gives us new tools to ensure compliance, and we are prepared to use them,” the spokesperson added.
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