FTC Explains Google Fine On Twitter

In a move that speaks to Twitter’s interactivity, the FTC fielded questions on Twitter today about the $22.5 million dollar fine it levied against Google.

The chat on Twitter was much more interactive than the one that took place on Facebook. And we’re guessing there wasn’t a Google+ Hangout on the topic.

Though claiming the FTC “explained” the fine is a bit of an exaggeration . . .

Today’s Twitter chat around the FTC fine levied against Google can be found using the #FTCpriv hashtag. It was a pretty busy thread.

Unfortunately, it was also pretty frustrating for participants:


The $22.5m fine was levied against Google for tracking people using Apple’s Safari browser even though Safari tells users it blocks cookies by default. And as CNET observed, the FTC’s responses to the fine (on Twitter) sounded like talking points.

When asked how “can msg sent be ‘clear’ when there’s no admission of liability or explanation of violation or fine?” an FTC rep tweeted: “What’s impt is actions not words; $22.5M is loud.”

The chat ended after an hour, which is typical for a Twitter chat – though (typical of Twitter) there were quips about the time limit:

Did you participate in the chat? Was it beneficial at all? And any tips for FTC or other agency reps when it comes time for the next chat?

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