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Twitter to Track Your Apps
By: Jessica Cherok
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Twitter wants to be the best Twitter it can be to you. Part of being the best for you means Twitter has now decided to track what apps you download in order to better understand what you like.

The new app update keeps tabs on what apps you download to your device. According to the announcement, Twitter is using this new feature to "help build a more personal Twitter experience for you."

"We are collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on your mobile device so we can deliver tailored content that you might be interested in. If you’re not interested in a tailored experience you can adjust your preferences at any time (read below). Additionally, if you have previously opted out of interest-based ads by turning on 'Limit Ad Tracking' on your iOS device or by adjusting your Android device settings to 'Opt out of interest-based ads,' we will not collect your apps unless you adjust your device settings.
 
"Twitter is using your app graph to help build a more tailored experience for you on Twitter. Some examples of how we may use your graph data include:
  • Improved 'who to follow' suggestions that share similar interests.
  • Adding Tweets, accounts, or other content to your timeline that we think you'll find especially interesting.
  • Showing you more relevant promoted content."
For information on how to opt-out of Twitter’s tracking, visit their blog.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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