The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued directives for Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and other companies to report on how they collect and process personal data from users.
Amazon, ByteDance, Discord, Facebook, Reddit, Snap, Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube will report to the US authorities. Companies will have 45 days to provide a response from the date of receipt of the order.
The regulator is also interested in information, how companies determine which ads to show to users, how user engagement is measured, and whether their methods affect children and adolescents.
According to the statement, the commission wants to understand how companies influence what users hear and see, who they talk to and what information they share, writes CNBC.
Discord said that the messenger does not show ads, so it does not make money either from it or from the sale of user data, and Twitter has expressed its willingness to cooperate, the publication reports. Other companies did not provide comments.
On December 10, the US Federal Trade Commission demanded in court that Facebook sell Instagram and WhatsApp and seek future approval of such deals. The company responded that regulators had already approved the deals and did not identify any risks to competition.