Earlier this week, Twitter says it may have shared user location information with an advertiser by “accident.” The breach of privacy didn’t affect all Twitter users. Those who were affected are users of the Twitter app on Apple devices. Although it was reported earlier this week, many users are still unaware.
In a blog post, Twitter says, “if you used more than one account on Twitter for iOS and opted into using the precise location feature in one account, we may have accidentally collected location data when you were using any other account(s) on that same device for which you had not turned on the precise location feature.”
The social media giant informs its users that they have confirmed user information “has not been retained.” Twitter says the information that was “accidentally” shared “only existed in their systems for a short time, and was then deleted as part of their normal process.”
Information at the center of this latest social media scandal seems to be location data only. This breach comes on the heels of last month’s Facebook privacy breach scandal and the Apple bug that exposed private FaceTime sessions to a group.
While many still remain in the dark, Twitter says it did make an effort to contact all of those who were affected. “We have fixed this problem and are working hard to make sure it does not happen again. We have also communicated with the people whose accounts were impacted to let them know the bug has been fixed. We invite you to check your privacy settings to make sure you’re only sharing the data you want to with us.” Twitter didn’t name the partner involved in the breach.
Whether or not Twitter will see a decline in user confidence, like Facebook has, remains to be seen. In the meantime, Twitter hopes its apology blog will suffice. “We’re very sorry this happened. We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us and are committed to earning that trust every day.”
You can read the entire blog here.
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