Twitter To Pay $150 Million For Using People’s Phone Numbers to Target Ads

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Twitter has agreed to pay $150 million to settle a privacy lawsuit with the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission for misleadingly using the email addresses and phone numbers of at least 140 million users for targeted advertising Is.

According to the FTC, Twitter solicited personal information from users for the express purpose of keeping their accounts secure, but then ‘used it to serve targeted ads for Twitter’s financial gain.’

“This was not Twitter’s first alleged violation of the FTC Act, but it will result in a civil penalty of $150 million to the company,” the FTC said in a statement late Wednesday.

The case dates back to 2010 when the FTC filed a complaint against Twitter.

In that case, Twitter told users that users can control who has access to their Tweets and that their private messages can only be seen by the recipients.

But according to the FTC, Twitter didn’t have proper security measures in place to ensure that users’ choices were respected.

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