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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Discloses Bug that Shared Some iOS Users’ Data

It's unclear at this time when this location sharing took place, or for how long

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Twitter has disclosed a bug that shared some iOS users’ data with an unnamed partner, even if the users did not opt to share data.
The micro-blogging platform said it discovered that “we were inadvertently collecting and sharing iOS location data with one of our trusted partners in certain circumstances”.
The bug affected Twitter’s iOS user base and they’ve since been notified of the issue.
“We have confirmed with our partner that the location data has not been retained and that it only existed in their systems for a short time, and was then deleted as part of their normal process,” Twitter said in a statement on Monday.
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For people who used more than one account on Twitter for iOS and opted into using the precise location feature in one account, the location data was “accidentally collected” when they were using any other account(s) on that same device for which they had not turned on the precise location feature.
“Due to a bug in Twitter for iOS, we inadvertently collected and shared location data (at the zip code or city level),” the Twitter Support team said in a tweet.
“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.”
It’s unclear at this time when this location sharing took place, or for how long. (IANS)

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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Records 5.6 Lakh Tweets on Exit Polls in 24 Hours

The results of the seven-phase general elections would be declared on May 23

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As majority of exit polls predicted victory for the BJP-led NDA at the Centre, Twitter recorded nearly 5.6 lakh tweets related to exit polls in 24 hours, the company said on Tuesday.

“Twitter saw 560K Tweets talking about the Exit Polls in 24 hours, between 6:30pm on Sunday 19th until 6:30pm on Monday 20th May, across news commentators, opinion makers and Indian citizens,” the micro-blogging platform told IANS.

Twitter recorded 45.6 million tweets on its platform during a one-month period in the run-up to the polls, registering 1.2 million tweets on the first day of voting.

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The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is all set to return to power winning 287 seats in Lok Sabha elections, but the Bharatiya Janata Party may fall short of half-way mark on its own as it is expected to win 236 seats, according to the IANS-CVoter exit poll.

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The IANS-VOTER prediction is based on a sample size of around 5 lakh across the country.

The results of the seven-phase general elections would be declared on May 23. (IANS)