Twitter has admitted a pensive problem one more time that threatens users’ privacy. It unintentionally shared user’s private data with advertisers due to a bug. This bug or malfunction even affected the accounts that did not give permission for such sharing.
Twitter shared users’ data with advertisers due to a Glitch
Recently, twitter confessed some serious defects in its system. As a result of these defects, the users’ setting choices may not work as intended. It was reported that the problem appeared in the ad settings. Normally, twitter allows its users to choose what type of data they intend to share with twitter. However, the glitch resulted in an end of this choice. It caused twitter to gather and share data even if users denied permission.
It definitely happened in two ways.
In the first case, the user may have clicked or viewed an add for any mobile application and have interacted with this app afterwards. Due to this twitter may have collected and shared data with advertisers without users’ authorization. In the second case, the data is collected and shared by twitter for ad targeting purposes. The system keeps sharing users’ data without their consent.
Twitter, however, confirmed and assured its users that the data remained limited to twitter and it did not include their email accounts and passwords. Moreover, twitter has ensured users in an announcement that the problem has been fixed on August 5, 2019. This means that the users will not face this problem ever again in future. However, they have not affirmed other details yet. Furthermore, they express remorse for the inconvenience and make a solemn promise that such glitches will not happen again in future.
Notwithstanding, keeping in view the past records of such bugs, it isn’t ascertained if twitter will be able to fulfill this obligation. In January 2019, twitter confirmed of a mobile application that kept on exposing users’ personal tweets for five years. While in May 2019, they confessed an iOS application bug that allowed them to share users’ location data.