Elon Musk could be hit by FTC investigation of Twitter whistleblower.

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Experts predict that Peiter "Mudge" Zatko's allegations concerning security issues at Twitter have launched a Federal Trade Commission inquiry,

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which may not be good news for Elon Musk.

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Although they emphasised that any potential consequence would come after next month's legal dispute with Musk,

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former FTC officials told The Post that they are convinced the agency has started an inquiry into Twitter.

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If the billionaire is forced to take over the firm, this may possibly oblige him to pay billions in fines.

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David Vladeck, former FTC official

They have, without a doubt, started an inquiry, in my opinion.

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Famed hacker Zatko, who served as Twitter's director of security for over two years,

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has accused the company of allowing alarming security issues, including apparently retaining a Chinese spy on staff.

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The investigation, according to the former FTC officials, is likely focused on determining if Twitter violated a so-called consent agreement from 2011

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that compels the business to "not mislead" the extent to which it protects user privacy via the activity Zatko claims it engaged in.

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According to reports, the probe may result in billions of dollars in fines and a new, more stringent regulation that specifically names Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal.

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