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Twitter spent $150 million to settle privacy and security lawsuits with the U.S. government

via:新浪科技     time:2022/5/26 10:02:40     readed:68

Sina Technology News On the morning of May 26, Beijing time, it was reported that court documents released on Wednesday local time showed that Twitter agreed to pay $150 million to settle the allegations of abusing user privacy information to publish targeted advertising.

Twitter's settlement covers the company's misinterpretation of "security and privacy" of user data between May 2013 and September 2019: The company told users during this period that it would use their information for security reasons, but used it to serve ads.

The settlement was jointly announced by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In addition to the settlement payment, Twitter must also improve its compliance behavior.

The lawsuit alleges that Twitter's misinterpretation violated the FTC Act and a settlement with the agency in 2011.

"Specifically, while Twitter told users that they collected their phone numbers and email addresses to keep their accounts secure, they didn't fully disclose them, and they also used user contact information to help advertisers reach their preferred audiences," the indictment reads. ”

At this time, Twitter has not commented on this.

The Twitter service itself is free, but it generates revenue through advertising. The U.S. government noted that about $3 billion of Twitter's $3.4 billion in revenue in 2019 came from advertising.

"Twitter obtains user data under the pretext of security purposes, but then uses the data to publish targeted ads outside of that purpose." FTC President Lina Khan said in a statement, "This behavior has affected more than 140 million Twitter users and boosted Twitter's main source of revenue." ”

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