It seems both users and marketers have cause to celebrate the update.
Many are calling it creepy and unusual, but on January 18 Twitter is set to launch a new "privacy" setting that will inform advertisers where you've been on the web.
If you're using the iOS app, tap the gear icon, select Settings and privacy, tap Privacy and safety, and tap Personalization and data.
By the fact this page exists is already more than what many services provide.
Really, it probably doesn't mean anything for most Twitter users. Do Not Track is supported by most major browsers, including Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer ... You'll find it by visiting Twitter on the web, logging in, and clicking your profile picture.
At the same time, the company is adding new controls which enable you to stop tailoring content to you based on your location, interests and other data.
Twitter dropping Do Not Track support is ironic because the company was one of its main supporters a few years back when Do Not Track launched. "All of these changes have been done as Twitter's stocks have been slowly declining". Originally, this information was stored for 10 days, but under the new changes, it will be stored for a month.
Starting June 18, Twitter will keep this data for up to 30 days. Twitter Data tool will have each category of data marked such as devices logged-in, and places user has been, interests from Twitter, and more.
All of these changes have been done as Twitter's stocks have been slowly declining. That is mainly how the online advertisement makes money.
This is bad. Very bad!
While you're at it, you might as well dump "Share data through select partnerships" too. Along with this, Twitter is also rolling out more granular controls so users can decide, to an extent, whether and how they want to be tracked and targeted. Also under "Your Twitter data" you can see interests that Twitter's ad partners have matched to you; for example, I have apparently been identified as a Pontiac owner and a wife, neither of which are accurate, so I'll be unchecking those. As such, it's no surprise that when you're browsing for a new sofa online, the adverts across the websites you visit become about the comfiest chairs to sit in. The company dropped Do Not Track and gave advertisers' access to more user data. It felt invasive enough to make me hit the killswitch, disabling all of my data personalisation on Twitter. Among the options in this section is one to "personalize across your devices".
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