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“As soon as a user sends a Direct Message, Twitter intercepts, reads, and, at times, even alters the message. For example, should a user write a Direct Message and include a hyperlink (i.e., a link to a web site such as www.nytimes.com), Twitter’s algorithms will read through the Direct Message, identify the hyperlink, and replace it with its own custom link, thereby sending the person clicking on the link to Twitter’s analytics servers before passing them on to the original linked-to website,” the lawsuit alleges.
The suit goes on to accuse Twitter of benefiting “immensely” by increasing its perceived value to advertisers by showing them that they’re a solid source of traffic – and says that the social media mecca never even asks users for permission to comb through Direct Messages.
This follows in the footsteps of a 2012 case against Google, in which users attempted to hold the search company accountable for delving into users’ emails in order to determine which ads to deliver in the sidebar of Gmail inboxes.
What Do You Think?
Do you share messages on Twitter? If you do, do you believe it’s okay for link shorteners such as Twitter’s to provide data the company can use to sell more advertising?
I’d love to hear what you think on Facebook – and if you’re not worried about it, you can share your opinion on my Twitter page, too.
Social media giant Twitter could be facing a class-action lawsuit for intercepting, reading and even altering direct messages exchanged between users.
While Twitter denies the allegations, calling them “meritless,” many users disagree. They are citing Twitter’s practice of automatically shortening links, which could be used to monitor or redirect URLs.
The lawsuit is trying to represent every
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