Twitter is taking steps to add more safeguards to its processes that use user data, with the appointment of a new one Government Internal Information Committee (DGC) which will analyze and decide on any systematic changes related to the use of user information and insights.
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Data use and misuse have become a major focus in recent years, following the Cambridge Analytica saga on Facebook. In that case, the private company obtained part of the users’ personal data from their Facebook profiles and usage habits on the platform, initially under the guise of academic research.
Using this, the Cambridge Analytica team claims to have created intricate psychographic personas for a wide range of Facebook users, which it then applied, in a variety of ways, through Facebook ads and posts, to influence the outcome of elections around the world.
No one knows for sure what the real impact of CA programs has been (Facebook says not much), but the concept that your personal information, which can be very indicative of your psychological preferences and traits, can be used to manipulate you, by perfecting key pain points and concerns, emphasizes the extent to which so much personal data online can mean for political campaigns, as well as advertising, population profiling, and so on.
TikTok was under significant control around the same time, due to its ties to the Chinese government, while the introduction of the GDPR in Europe also raised the expectations limit for digital providers. Each of these cases further highlights broader concerns about data misuse, which, in turn, has encouraged each platform to implement better systems to protect users from attack and misuse through their tools.
Twitter itself suffered a major privacy violation last year, when several prominent Twitter accounts were hacked and tweets began to tweet about cryptocurrency fraud.
It wasn’t data hacking, as such, but it is another element of concern on this front, with the new Twitter DGC making decisions on the key steps that apply to each.
Externally, the announcement obviously doesn’t change anything much, but it should provide more reassurance that Twitter is taking additional steps to improve its security measures, on all fronts, and protect user data as a whole.
Twitter will soon appoint initial members of its Government Internal Information Committee.
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