Twitter's Genius Tracking Methods Have Discovered That I Am Deeply Into Dads

Twitter's Genius Tracking Methods Have Discovered That I Am Deeply Into Dads

Twitter's Genius Tracking Methods Have Discovered That I Am Deeply Into Dads

Thankfully, if you're not comfortable with this level of tracking or personalised ads being served up, it's possible to turn this setting off.

It's equal parts amusing and alarming, but you can see how Twitter perceives your personal interests, how many advertisers have you in their cross hairs, which apps Twitter knows are on your device, and where it thinks you've been.

It should now be a little easier to keep tabs on how Twitter is using your information and which advertisers target you on the platform.

Besides the new settings screen, there are changes to the text of the Twitter Privacy Policy. The company will soon provide the users a list of "Interests" which will be based on user's activity and profile. This information won't be displayed publicly'.

Thankfully, you can switch it all off.

An important change to Twitter is that now in your settings you have a Personalization and Data section, which tells you exactly how your data is being shared and what kind of personalized experience you are getting.

You can see your Twitter partner interests here.

This includes gender and age, devices and browsers you have logged in from, the places you have logged in from, and apps Twitter has "collected" from your devices.

The update also includes new rules on sharing data with partners.

Facebook gives the option to hide specific topics from being advertised to you.

This data collection "will allow us to further improve and personalize our services, connecting you with the stories, brands and organic content you care about most", the company said.

This revelation comes after the company announced an upcoming revision to its privacy policy, which allows it to siphon more data about you from the web, and gives users more agency in their privacy options. For example, if you visited a webpage that had an embedded tweet or a button to share something on Twitter, you could be tracked and targeted.

Twitter has discontinued support of the Do Not Track browser preference. That should give you some clues about the reasons behind the policy changes, which take effect June 18. "Each category of data will be clearly marked, and you will be able to view or modify this data directly".

Taking into account that this data may change hands several times, you may be clicking on a long-winded user agreement on one site, and you may allow some no-name advertiser to use your Twitter data like name or email for targeted ads. Twitter has already explained that above, but it is probably worth checking your privacy settings where you will find that you can disable some relevant stuff, including: "Twitter always uses some information, like where you signed up and your current location, to help show you more relevant content". Like other sites, cookies are used on Twitter as a way to store information on someone's internet habits.

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