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Facebook leads while Twitter lags in popularity charts among U.S. internet users

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

facebook-logo_24521000Washington: In the list of social media sites, Facebook still remains on top of the charts. In the race of most popular social networking sites for U.S. based internet users, Facebook has been ranked one while Twitter seems to be lagging behind.

Innumerable researches done in the past prove that younger generation favor Facebook more as compared to Twitter or any other social networking site.

Recently Pew Research Center (PRC) conducted a study and found out that as many as 72% of American adults who use internet prefer Facebook over Twitter. Facebook is also a popular choice for about 77% of American women who use internet. This data has been nearly same since September 2014 as Twitter hasn’t managed to attract any new users.

This report by PRC is based on telephonic interviews taken from March 17 to April 12. They collected a sample of 1,907 American adults to conclude this study.

Other sites like Pinterest and Instagram have shown slight boost too but Twitter has been stagnant since a long time. According to the study done by PRC, Pinterest has seen around 31% of online usage and is closely followed by Instagram which has a usage of 28% in its kitty.

Further, the report revealed that 82% of adults in the age group of 18 to 29 like Facebook more than Twitter. The reports clearly show a dip in Twitter usage and rise in the popularity of Facebook.

If these reports are to be believed then Twitter has to take some dedicated steps towards employing new tools on their site which can tempt more users. Till then, Facebook continues to rule.

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Twitter Retains Old Messages Even After Being Trashed

As part of its privacy policies, Twitter notes that anyone wanting to leave the service can have their account "deactivated and then deleted" and after a 30-day grace period, the account, along with its data, disappears from the platform.

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As part of its privacy policies, Twitter notes that anyone wanting to leave the service can have their account "deactivated and then deleted" and after a 30-day grace period, the account, along with its data, disappears from the platform. Pixabay

Micro-blogging site Twitter has reportedly been retaining messages shared on its platform including deleted messages along with data shared and received from accounts that have been suspended or deactivated, the media reported.

“Security researcher Karan Saini found years-old messages in a file from a data archive obtained through the website from accounts that were no longer on Twitter,” TechCrunch reported on Saturday.

Earlier Saini claimed to have reported a similar bug, found a year ago that allowed him to use a since-deprecated application programming interface (API) to retrieve direct messages even after a message was deleted from both the sender and the recipient.

Previously, Twitter allowed users to delete messages from the chat itself with the “unsend” feature but now, users are only allowed to remove messages from their own account.

“We are looking into this further to ensure we have considered the entire scope of the issue,” the report quoted a Twitter spokesperson as saying.

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“Security researcher Karan Saini found years-old messages in a file from a data archive obtained through the website from accounts that were no longer on Twitter,” TechCrunch reported on Saturday. 
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As part of its privacy policies, Twitter notes that anyone wanting to leave the service can have their account “deactivated and then deleted” and after a 30-day grace period, the account, along with its data, disappears from the platform.

“But, in our tests, we could recover direct messages from years ago – including old messages that had since been lost to suspended or deleted accounts. By downloading your account’s data, it is possible to download all of the data Twitter stores on you,” the report said.

According to the report, Saini believes this is a functional bug rather than a security flaw.

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“We are looking into this further to ensure we have considered the entire scope of the issue,” the report quoted a Twitter spokesperson as saying.
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“Saini told TechCrunch that he had concerns that the data was retained by Twitter for so long but argued that the bug allows anyone a clear bypass of Twitter mechanisms to prevent accessed to suspended or deactivated accounts,” the report added.

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This issue could expose users, particularly high-risk accounts like journalists and activists to governments, which could demand for data from years ago.

Asked if Twitter thinks that consent to retain direct messages is withdrawn when a message or account is deleted, Twitter’s spokesperson had “nothing further” to add, the report noted. (IANS)