World

Twitter says user data meant for security purposes may have been used for advertising

9 October 2019 - 22   - 0

Twitter Inc said on Tuesday email addresses and phone numbers uploaded by users to meet its security requirements may have been ‘inadvertently’ used for advertising purposes.

The micro-blogging site said the issue was rectified as of Sept. 17, without disclosing how many users were impacted.

"This was an error and we apologize," the company said in a blog post. (bit.ly/2Vpe08H)

Social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook, have faced heat from users and regulators globally on how their platforms handle user data.

Twitter said when advertisers uploaded their marketing lists, it may have matched people on the platform to their list based on the email or phone number provided by account holders.

The company said the information was not shared with third parties, but was made available internally to allow users to receive targeted advertising.

(REUTERS)

  Comments - 0

  • Leave a comment



Top Stories

President appoints M.R.C. Fernando as Appeal Court judge

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed High Court judge M.R.C. Fernando as a judge of the Court of Appeal. The appointment letter had...

18 October 2019 - Views : 2

Hemasiri fails to appear before PCoI citing health reasons; testimony on Oct 21

18 October 2019

Vijayakala tells court willing to make statement over alleged remarks

18 October 2019

Dutch Foreign Minister to hold bilateral talks with President, Prime Minister

18 October 2019

Features & Analysis

Special screening programme for breast cancer at Early Detection Centre in Narahenpita

October is designated as ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’, worldwide. Cancer ranks amongst the leading thr...

The Wolf is back! ‘Big Bad Wolf Book Sale’ to get underway from tomorrow

The wolf is here with books for us to devour! The highly anticipated ‘Big Bad Wolf Sale’ which is open to...

Toyota's latest Rav4, Corolla and HIACE hit the streets

Toyota Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, the sole authorized dealer for Toyota vehicles and spare parts in Sri Lanka recently launched...

English Lit Societies of Ladies and STC present LitCon

The English Literary Societies of Ladies' College and S.Thomas' College Mt.Lavinia proudly present LitCon ...