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Twitter Apologises After Admitting Of Sharing User Data

Twitter admits to user data leak, apologises

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Twitter is a social media app that encourages short tweets and brief conversations. Pixabay

Owing to the breach to recently identified privacy flaws and regretting the outcome, micro-blogging site Twitter has admitted to having inadvertently shared user data with advertising and third-party partners.

According to a blog post published by Twitter on Tuesday, the user information that may have been shared without people’s permission include country code, details of users’ engagement with the ad and information about the ad.

Mainly, information of users who interacted with certain ads concerning mobile applications or ads based on inferences Twitter made about the device that users were using in May and September 2018, has been shared without user permission.

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User data has been compromised, Twitter admits. Pixabay

“The data involved stayed within Twitter and did not contain things like passwords, email accounts, etc,” the post said.

The company has said that the issue was fixed on August 5 — almost a year after the leak happened.

“We know you will want to know if you were personally affected, and how many people in total were involved. We are still conducting our investigation to determine who may have been impacted,” the post added.

The micro-blogging site has advised users to check their settings for now.

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Twitter has admitted to having shared user data with third-party partners. Pixabay

“You trust us to follow your choices and we failed here. We’re sorry this happened, and are taking steps to make sure we don’t make a mistake like this again,” the post noted.

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As of now, further details like data of how many users have been leaked and what could be the repercussion remain undisclosed from Twitter’s end.

Especially after the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal broke out that revealed that Facebook compromised personal data of thousands of its users, tech companies including Google and Amazon have come under intense scrutiny in recent years. (IANS)

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Twitter Unveils The Most Tweeted Hashtags of 2019 in India

The hashtag (#) was born on Twitter 12 years ago. It can help categorise tweets and allow users to access all the conversations on a particular theme

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Twitter is a social media app that encourages short tweets and brief conversations. Pixabay

As the Internet celebrates the 12th birthday of the hashtag on Friday, Twitter unveiled the top hashtags that dominated conversations on the platform in the first half of 2019 in India.

With Tamil action drama film #Viswasam grabbing the top spot, the trend reflected the rise of regional entertainment on Twitter.

This was followed by conversations around politics and governance. Throughout the campaign period for the #LokSabhaElections2019, politicians and political parties used Twitter to communicate with people in the country and across the world, while citizens took to the platform to address their queries directly to contesting leaders.

As cricket fans from all over the world came to Twitter to talk about winning moments, shocking upsets, classic catches, and unique to this World Cup – the memes about the rain — #CWC19 became the top third hashtag this year.

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FILE – A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

Entertainment continued making trends, with the Indian Telugu-language action drama film #Maharshi grabbing the fourth spot.

With many users tweeting about updating their profile pictures, the fifth most commonly tweeted hashtag of the year was #NewProfilePic, Twitter said.

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Additionally, Twitter launched an emoji to celebrate the symbol that connects communities and unifies conversations. The specially designed emoji is a hashtag symbol stamped on a heart.

The hashtag (#) was born on Twitter 12 years ago. It can help categorise tweets and allow users to access all the conversations on a particular theme. (IANS)