Yet another Twitter Executive has left. Chief Consumer Officers (business ad sales) and CMO Leslie Berland left shortly after Chief Twit took-over Twitter. Today comes news, Twitter chief information security officer Lea Kissner has also departed.
I’ve made the hard decision to leave Twitter. I’ve had the opportunity to work with amazing people and I’m so proud of the privacy, security, and IT teams and the work we’ve done.
I’m looking forward to figuring out what’s next, starting with my reviews for @USENIXSecurity 😁
— Lea Kissner (@LeaKissner) November 10, 2022
Also chief privacy officer Damien Kieran and chief compliance officer Marianne Fogarty have reportedly quit as well. These recent executives departure are likely going to open up Twitter (too more) legal issues with the FTC in regards to a 2011 consent decree issued by the FTC.
Twitter is currently under a 2011 agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, which accused Twitter of cybersecurity failings that allowed cybercriminals to access internal systems and user data.
The decree mandates that Twitter “establish and maintain a comprehensive information security program” to be audited every decade. It’s not clear how Twitter maintains that compliance with the FTC without a company security lead in place. One employee said in a company Slack that it was for Twitter engineers to “self-certify” compliance with the FTC.
Could this be the final straw, the one that ultimately breaks Twitter’s back? We already have a mess with the Twitter Blue, with price and feature changes, a clearly broken verification system and now a temporary ban on new Twitter Blue sign-ups. Plus advertisers are fleeing and Chief Twit relies on them to pay Twitter’s Bills (especially the $13 Billion in debt he took on with the merger). Finally, since it worked so well with Tesla and SpaceX, remote work is no longer allowed (unless otherwise approved by managment) for Twitter employees. The prefect storm is brewing…