Dec 6, 2023 - Technology

Ex-Twitter exec claims X fired him for raising security concerns

X's Elon Musk at a New York City event last month. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Twitter's former global head of information security accused X in a lawsuit Wednesday of wrongly firing him for raising concerns about Musk's budget cuts following the Elon Musk-led takeover.

The big picture: Lawyers for Alan Rosa allege that Musk hired an adviser who "began cutting Twitter's products and services that supported and complied with" an FTC consent decree and that both Musk and the advisor were "dismissive" of it and the company's obligations to it.

  • Rosa claims in the complaint, filed in New Jersey federal court, that he was directed to cut the physical security budget by 50% after it had already been cut 50% and then shut down software that "enables Twitter to share details with law enforcement globally regarding time-sensitive and important legal matters."

Context: Before the Musk acquisition was finalized, Twitter paid a $150 million fine last year for violating the 2011 consent decree and entered into a new one requiring it to implement and maintain a comprehensive privacy and information security program.

  • Rosa alleges that shutting down would violate the EU "Digital Service Act's (DSA) legal requirements and jurisdictional rules around the globe by compromising Twitter's inability to properly handle law enforcement inquiries."
  • The lawsuit claims that Rosa was fired without reason shortly after, despite "beyond satisfactory" performance.
  • X Corp. did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

Editor's note: Axios' Meg Morrone contributed to this report.

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