Twitter Misused User’s Phone Numbers for Advertising Purposes

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Let’s accept our data is not safe when we opt for an online world. All the promises and commitments made by the social media giants are fake and they can reach to any extent when it comes to making money. Previously it was Facebook who was indulged in Cambridge Analytica scandal and now Twitter has joined its party by compromising our personal information for advertising. Yesterday, the company announced that it UNINTENTIONALLY, Twitter Misused User’s Phone Numbers for Advertising Purposes. It also compromised our email addresses which were provided to it for two-factor authentication.

Sadly, Twitter Misused User’s Phone Numbers UNINTENTIONALLY

Twitter assured that it has not shared our personal data with third-party apps and the issue that caused this all to occur is resolved now. It also revealed that phone numbers and emails are only collected to ensure security. The company wrote in a blog post:

“We cannot say with certainty how many people were impacted by this,”. “We’re very sorry this happened and are taking steps to make sure we don’t make a mistake like this again.”

Well, we appreciated that at least the app apologized for what it did but will it undo what has happened to our personal data? Last year Facebook was accused of the malpractices and it even never said sorry which is ok as after compromising user’s data what’s the point of apologizing? Well we cannot accept anything good from Twiiter as last month its own CEO’s account was compromised by hackers so are we that important?

A year back, Twitter had also advised its users to change passwords when a bug was discovered. Well, my question remains that same. If these apps cannot take care of our privacy, should we leave them? How to retain our privacy while staying online on these platforms? These questions always remain unanswered and they need to be addressed as soon as possible.

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